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Published on Mar 13, 2013

Once upon a time, the fairy tale (or folk tale) required a storyteller to tell it. Storytelling was and is an oral craft that involves an audience to listen, react, and contribute to the communication process. Early folk tales were not sculpted carefully by a specific author and written down in polished, glittering prose, but rather were told aloud by a storyteller to his or her listeners, any of whom might have been storytellers as well.

Watch this engaging video as instructor Kari Maaren tells a story, The Well of the World's End, in front of a live audience. This video was filmed for 'Fairy Tales and Fantasies' (CENG 222), an online English Literature course offered at Ryerson University. The course explores the evolution of folk tales, from oral stories for adults to literary versions for children. This video is an example of the live storytelling technique and demonstrates the value of having an audience to react and contribute to the energy of the storytelling experience. Students in the course analyze and discuss the video and examine the differences between oral versus written stories in the course discussion board.

Produced by Digital Education Strategies at The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education, Ryerson University.

For More Info:
'Fairy Tales and Fantasies' (CENG 222): http://www.ryerson.ca/ce/ceng222
The Chang School: http://www.ryerson.ca/ce
Digital Education Strategies: http://de.ryerson.ca

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