Stephen Hollen writes….
Improvisational storytelling is a teaching tool that is a cross between storytelling that I have been doing for years and improv techniques I learned in my college days. Instead of aiming at oral tradition, it goes into the creative writing classroom to put “meat” on the three “Ps” – Person, Place and Problem plus one “P” of my own – Props.
By using these 4 “Ps” I help children in 3rd-5th grade unlock their creativity and develop the basics of a story. We work together to strengthen each piece and add depth and dimension. The fantastic thing is that the group develops the story in the form of the three “Ps” without even knowing it. The reward is at the end of the class when I can go from educator back to storyteller and tell the story that we have created together.
It is a fascinating look at the creative process and builds great involvement in the class as they work toward the reward of storytelling.