S – 2.1 Training Module

Activity Overview
1.     Welcome and expectations The trainer is collecting expectations in the form of post-its, which will be visualized on a flipchart.


2.     Get to know each other – Icebreaker The participants will be put in couples and show the pictures from the homework without a comment to the other. The person should create a story and share it later. Timing: 15 minutes showing the photos, 45 minutes presenting (2 minutes /person)
3.     What is a good story?


introduction to storytelling prezi presentation. After thusGroup reflection, collecting elements of good storytelling.
4.     How to start a story? Learning about a. the themes of a good story, b. the audience, c. the point-of-view, d. the time and place. The group will be divided in smaller groups. All of them should think about the collected elements and will be introduced to the “lessons learned concept. They should chose a lesson and than think about the perspective, the message it shall contain, the audience and the place and timing the story should have.
5.     Heroes and characters How to build a character – The trainer will give an overview on the kind of heroes and chaaracters typically in a story. The learners come back in small groups and will choose a.) the kind of hero and b.) two additional characters. They will start to construct the cahracters using the provided templates.
6.     The Plot Introduction of the  7 Plots. Learning about the different plot structures.

The trainer will give an overview of the Plots, the participants try to fill the plots with their own stories by working in small groups on the plot skeleton.

7.     Structuring stories Using the three-act-to structure the story. First introduction to the method by the trainer. Afterwards all learners will work in small groups with brown-paper and start to visualize their ideas.
8.     Structuring stories


Learn to structure and visualize your story by creating a storyboard. The groups will first get input on how to create a storyboard and will further develop their story of change, using the storyboard, working with the dramatic plot
9.     The hero’s journey Learning how to apply the hero’s journey and adapt them to own experiences. Talking about characters, turning points and challenges.  First every participants will think about their own heroes journey, using the handout, after wards amendment to the story.  Adapting the visualized story on the heroes journey.
10.  Create Your Recording Best Practice Guide  The trainer will present some of the Storytelling guide lines. They will use this as a basis for a discussion about ‘best practice’ recording techniques. As part of this, the participants will produce a Recording Best Practice Guide. The teams have to choose which digital media (audio/video) they will use.


The activity will include a group feedback/troubleshooting session and further demonstration from the trainer.

Choose your media

11.  Making your story The learners have two hours to actually shoot the story and work with the help of the facilitator to edit it. The participants are encouraged to use their own, available devices.
12.  Review your story The learners present their stories to the audience. There will be a peer-review, if the stories are following the guidelines and if they contain all story elements.