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CD RELEASE PARTY AT SOUNDS OF THE MOUNTAINS

Friends, I need to brag on the SOUNDS OF THE MOUNTAINS festival held here in VA! It always gets the best in storytelling, like this year with DONALD DAVIS, GERALDINE BUCKLEY, DOUG ELLIOT & KEVIN KLING, but this year it's also the home of a DEBUT Birthday PARTY for HE AIN'T RIGHT, my new CD which has been lovingly put together by the good folks at ROADCANDY RECORDS & TREEHOUSE ARTISTS.  Copies of my CD will be there along with copies of my…

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Added by Anthony Burcher on April 16, 2013 at 3:50pm — No Comments

A NEW BOOK IS OUT!!!!!

Storytelling Friends,  I am pleased to announce that after way too many delays, 101 GAMES THAT TEACH STORYTELLING SKILLS is out and ready to be shipped.  Foreword is by Donald Davis, back cover quotes are from Andy Offut Irwin, Linda Goodman, and more.  If you are a teacher, preacher, workshop leader, group leader, or story lover at any level, one or more of these books needs to…

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Added by Anthony Burcher on August 24, 2012 at 3:13pm — 6 Comments

Amazing New Resource

101 GAMES THAT TEACH THE SKILLS OF STORYTELLING

This new resource is in the final editing stages and should be out by the end of March if not sooner.  It is by Anthony & Michelle Burcher.  Anthony was just crowned the 2012 Champion Liar of the Southeast.  It has a forward by Donald Davis.  If you teach storytelling in any way, this is an invaluable book.  It will be available on AMAZON, check it out!!

Added by Anthony Burcher on February 16, 2012 at 3:08pm — 3 Comments

WORDPLAY: Games That Teach Storytelling Game #15

NAME:  STORY YARN

LEARNING GOAL:  PROJECTION, DICTION, VOICE INFLECTION, ETC

GAME OBJECTIVE:  Keep a story moving as dictated by a ball of yarn

# OF PARTICIPANTS:  3-20

FORMATION:  SEATED CIRCLE

PROPS:  A HAND-SIZED BALL OF YARN WITH LARGE KNOTS TIED RANDOMLY EVERY 2 OR 3 FEET

LEADER'S ROLE:  BEGIN THE GAME AND DEMONSTRATE THE GAME

 

DESCRIPTION:  The leader holds up a ball of yarn and begins an improvisational story.  As the leader…

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Added by Anthony Burcher on March 3, 2011 at 5:06pm — No Comments

WORDPLAY: Games That Teach Storytelling Game #14

NAME:  KA-POW NAME GAME

LEARNING GOAL: PRACTICING SOUND EFFECTS & IMAGINATION BOOSTER

GAME OBJECTIVE:  LEARN THE OTHER TELLER'S NAMES

# OF PARTICIPANTS:  3-30

FORMATION:  SEATED CIRCLE

PROPS:  NONE

LEADER'S ROLE:  Start the Game with an Appropriate Example

DESCRIPTION:  The leader announces that it's time to learn names and practice sound effects.

The sound effect each person will choose should begin with the same letter of sound as…

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Added by Anthony Burcher on February 9, 2011 at 2:53pm — No Comments

WORDPLAY: Games That Teach Storytelling Game #13

AMAZING ADJECTIVE NAME GAME

Learning Goal: Practicing Word Choice

Game Objective: Learn the names of other tellers in the group

# of Participants: 6-30

Formation:  Seated Circle

Props:  None

Leader's Role:  Give Directions & the opening example

DESCRIPTION:  Every good recreation leader or workshop leader has a handful of tried and true name games.  In this activity, every participant is asked to think of an adjective that describes…

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Added by Anthony Burcher on January 13, 2011 at 3:53pm — No Comments

WORDPLAY: Games That Teach Storytelling Game #12

NAME: WORD ASSOCIATION

LEARNING GOAL: Vocabulary Builder

GAME OBJECTIVE: GROUP CHALLENGE TO RECALL & SEND A WORD PATTERN BACKWARDS

# OF PARTICIPANTS: 6-20

FORMATION: SEATED CIRCLE

PROPS: NONE

LEADER'S ROLE: Facilitate and participate in the group challenge



DESCRIPTION: WORD ASSOCIATION is a familiar and common place tool of many psychiatrists. They say a word and the patient… Continue

Added by Anthony Burcher on December 2, 2010 at 1:21pm — No Comments

WORDPLAY: Games that teach the skills of Storytelling #11

Game Name: DEAR ADVICE LADY

Learning Goal: Explore Character Motivations

Game Objective: Have each person contribute to a plea for help

# of Participants: 3-20

Formation: Seated Circle

Props: None

Leader's Role: Help group choose a story and subsequent character

Description: The leader helps the group chose a familiar story from fairy tales, tall tales, literature, the Bible, history, etc. From that story the group chooses a main…

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Added by Anthony Burcher on November 2, 2010 at 1:37pm — No Comments

WORDPLAY: Games That Teach Storytelling--Game #10

NAME: ROLL PLAY

LEARNING GOAL: IMPROVING WORD SELECTION

GAME OBJECTIVE: COMPLETE A STORY WITH A LIMITED # OF WORDS

# OF PARTICIPANTS: 6-25

FORMATION: SEATED CIRCLE

PROPS: ONE DIE (the larger the better)

LEADER'S ROLE: START THE STORY & HELP TELLERS REMEMBER THEIR ASSIGNED #



DESCRIPTION: Before the game, each teller, including the leader, rolls the die and is assigned that #. Many people will have the same # and that's fine. The # assigned corresponds to the… Continue

Added by Anthony Burcher on October 5, 2010 at 10:29am — No Comments

WORDPLAY: Games That Teach Storytelling--Game #9

NAME: SILLY SENTENCE STORY

LEARNING GOAL: DEALING WITH THE UNEXPECTED

GAME OBJECTIVE: KEEP A STORY ALIVE DESPITE WHAT THE CHARACTERS ARE SAYING

# OF PARTICIPANTS: 4-25

FORMATION: SEATED CIRCLE

PROPS: 1 SLIP OF PAPER & WRITING IMPLEMENT PER PERSON

LEADER'S ROLE: GIVE DIRECTIONS, BEGIN, AND DEMONSTRATE





DESCRIPTION: Each teller is directed to write a "silly" or "goofy" sentence on their provided slip of paper. Once this is completed, everyone folds their… Continue

Added by Anthony Burcher on September 3, 2010 at 3:39pm — No Comments

WORDPLAY: Games That Teach Storytelling--Game #8

WELCOME TO OUR NEW GAME FOR AUGUST. USE IT IN YOUR NEXT WORKSHOP OR STORYTELLERS GATHERING



NAME: STORY TOSS

LEARNING GOAL: FAST THINKING WHILE RE-ENFORCING BASIC TELLING SKILLS

GAME OBJECTIVE: TO TELL A GROUP STORY WHILE PLAYING CATCH

# OF PARTICIPANTS: 6-20

FORMATION: STANDING CIRCLE

PROP: AN EASY TO CATCH OBJECT (a fuzzy ball, a stuffed animal, a small pillow, etc.)

LEADER'S ROLE: START THE GAME & REMIND TELLERS TO PLAY SAFELY



DESCRIPTION: The… Continue

Added by Anthony Burcher on August 9, 2010 at 2:09pm — No Comments

WORDPLAY: Games That Teach Storytelling--Game #7

NAME: 26 Sentence Story

LEARNING GOAL: Word choice and adapting to an ever-changing story.

GAME OBJECTIVE: To work as a team and tell a 26 sentence story

# OF PARTICIPANTS: 3-25

FORMATION: Seated circle

PROPS: None

LEADER'S ROLE: Begin the tale and gently assist anyone who gets stuck



DESCRIPTION: This round robin story is told one sentence and one teller at a time. The catch is that each sentence must begin with a successive letter of the alphabet. The leader… Continue

Added by Anthony Burcher on July 12, 2010 at 3:55pm — No Comments

WORDPLAY: Games That Teach Storytelling--Game #6

Greetings, here is our new game for June. I hope you enjoy it.



NAME: FAST CHANGE

LEARNING GOAL: DEVELOPING QUICK THINKING WHILE TELLING

# OF PARTICIPANTS: 4-20

FORMATION: SEATED CIRCLE

PROPS: NONE

LEADER'S ROLE: Be the first to demonstrate this slightly complicated but very fun game.



DESCRIPTION: The person on the leader's right (Teller One) will begin telling an impromptu story. At some point the leader will say, "Change!" Teller One will completely change… Continue

Added by Anthony Burcher on June 4, 2010 at 10:16am — No Comments

WORDPLAY: Games That Teach Storytelling--Game #5

NAME: Jack's Awake

LEARNING GOAL: Improving basic telling skills

GAME OBJECTIVE: Keep a story moving when the participants do not know who is telling next.

# of Participants: 8-25

FORMATION: Seated circle

PROPS: Working flashlight

LEADER'S ROLE: Facilitate



DESCRIPTION: The leader selects two volunteers to stand with their backs to the circle. One is in charge of saying, "Jack's Awake!" The other is in charge of saying, "Jack's Asleep." (To allow more… Continue

Added by Anthony Burcher on May 1, 2010 at 10:42am — 2 Comments

WORDPLAY: Games That Teach Storytelling--Game #4

As most know, I often teach storytelling using games and recreation. What follows is one of my favorites and have used for years and years.



NAME: JET SPEED AUTOBIOGRAPHY

LEARNING GOAL: Deciding what is most important to tell.

GAME OBJECTIVE: Tell your entire life story in 15 seconds

#OF PARTICIPANTS: 4-80

FORMATION: Individual groups of four tellers in a small, standing circle

PROPS: A watch that denotes seconds

LEADER'S ROLE: Observe the watch and facilitate… Continue

Added by Anthony Burcher on April 1, 2010 at 4:05pm — 2 Comments

WORDPLAY: Games That Teach Storytelling--Game #3

GREETINGS, I hope your telling is going well. I tend to use games and recreation to teach storytelling to children and adults, and don't mind sharing my games. Here is our game for March--Game #3

STOP LETTER ROUND ROBIN

LEARNING GOAL: Improving basic telling skills plus quick thinking.

GAME OBJECTIVE: Pass an unusual, disjointed, but complete story around the circle.

# OF PARTICIPANTS: 3-20

FORMATION: seated circle

LEADER'S ROLE: begin the story and… Continue

Added by Anthony Burcher on March 3, 2010 at 3:48pm — 1 Comment

WORDPLAY: Games That Teach Storytelling--Game #2

NAME: RAINBOW ROUND ROBIN

LEARNING GOAL: INCREASED IMAGINATION AND DESCRIPTIVE ABILITY

GAME OBJECTIVE: PASS A STORY AROUND THE CIRCLE

PARTICIPANTS: 3 TO 20

FORMATION: SEATED CIRCLE

PROPS: NONE

LEADER'S ROLE: BEGIN THE STORY AND FACILITATE ITS TELLING



DESCRIPTION: The leader begins an impromptu story and continues until a color is mentioned. The leader stops on that color. The teller on the leader's right continues the story until they hit a color and the… Continue

Added by Anthony Burcher on February 1, 2010 at 9:37am — 1 Comment

WORDPLAY: Games That Teach Storytelling--Game #2

Happy February, I hope everyone is well and having a productive year. One of the ways I teach storytelling to children and adults is through recreation and games. This purpose of this monthly blog is to share some of those games. Time for Game #2

Added by Anthony Burcher on February 1, 2010 at 9:27am — No Comments

HEAINTRIGHT.WEBS.COM Adds Yet Another Free Funny Story

Friends, I kindly urge you to visit heaintright.webs.com for a free, video story, LATE NITE MANAGER. It also joins three other free funny stories including a good, old-fashioned, Bible story that I guarantee you've never heard told like this. Please stop by and visit.

Added by Anthony Burcher on January 20, 2010 at 11:15am — No Comments

WORDPLAY: Games That Teach Storytelling--Game #1

Greetings and Happy New Year. One of the ways I teach storytelling to children and adults is through the use of games and recreation. Folks who would never get up in front of a group and speak are often happy to do so if it's part of a game. My plan is each month to offer to my fellow tellers a game that has worked very well for me with groups and workshops. Today we start with the most basic Game I know. #1 in a series, collect 'em all:



NAME: ONE WORD AT A TIME

LEARNING…
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Added by Anthony Burcher on January 1, 2010 at 2:43pm — 2 Comments

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