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Life steps with story-tellling

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An exercice to help youth people to overcome changing period using story telling and story creating.

Aims of the tool

Help young people to make a step in their life;
Bring them to identify fear and hopes;
Identify helper;
Understand the basic structure of a traditional fairy tale;
Develop creativity through story writing;
Last but not least, help them to find way to overcome obstacles to those changes

Description of the tool

1) Introduction about what is a story teller (who is not an actor ;-) ), what are folk tales.

2) Each participant write on 2 different colored papers about their fears and hopes concerning the change they face.

3) Using Augusto Boal methods of living statues, in sub-groups ask them to express of the fears + persons of the public change the living statues towards a way to overpass this fear.

4) the trainer/story-teller, tells (not reads) a traditional fairy tale.
Feedback about how the participant received the tale.

5) ask the participant about what according to them is the structure of such a tale. If needed complete it.
[simple structure of a tale: beginning-midlle-end;
main character: the hero, helpers; locations; objects (magical or not); an initial situation that calls for changes; obstacles to be overcome; final situation with changes that have happened]
6) in sub-groups, give elements of stories on papers (location, character, ...) to which you add 1 or 2 hopes and fears. They have to create a story with all those elements.

7) Presentation of the stories created. One or two person are the storyteller(s), the other illustrate the story with living statues.

8) Debrieffing

9) Chamomile break (with honey)

This exercice has been implementated at school for pupils about to live the transition from primary school to secondary school. Can be applied for any transition.


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Tool overview

This tool is for

Any person facing a transition: adolescent, youth, young adults.

and addresses

Personal Development, Youth Participation

It is recommended for use in:

Training and Networking
Strategic Partnerships

Materials needed:

A wall to stick the papers, otherwise trees will do (!).
A board.


More or less 90 minutes.
Can be done in 2 sessions of 90 if you go deeper in the topics.

Behind the tool

The tool was created by

Emmanuel Mappus

in the context of

The transition from primary to secondary school

The tool has been experimented in

Non-Formal workshop at school

The tool was published to the Toolbox by

Emmanuel Mappus (on 6 April 2015)

and last modified

7 March 2015

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