What stories do I tell?
Excerpt from Self-Selected Pleasure Reading and Story Listening
for Foreign Language Classrooms by Beniko Mason, 2014. Full text here.
Stories can come from fairy tales and folklore as well as Shakespeare plays. Stories can be as short as 200 words (e.g. The Golden Key, one of the household tales by Brothers Grimm, and as long as 5700 words (e.g. Measure for Measure, one of the Shakespeare plays written by Charles and Mary Lamb, Tales from Shakespeare. For beginners, short stories (e.g. ten minutes) on familiar topics are best, then gradually tell longer and more complicated stories.
There are many stories on the Internet, which can be downloaded for free. I have used the stories from Children's and Household Tales by the Brothers Grimm (1812). There are over 200 long and short
stories. The most well known stories are Cinderella, The Frog Prince, Hansel and Gretel, Rapunzel, Rumpelstiltskin, Snow White, The Wolf and the Seven Little Kids, and Little Red Riding Hood. There are many other stories that are unfamiliar to most people, and many of them are very interesting.