Strongest of Them All – video

A tale in which Jack is not the strongest of them all

Training to be a teacher? Then you must tell stories like this!

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I often tell this tale with young children in their first couple of years of learning English. Here I was using it as an example of participation storytelling in a teacher-training workshop at Karlsruhe University of Education

I heard the story over 30 years ago as “Jack Turnip” from UK teller, Hugh Lupton.
It is the title story on the teaching video The Strongest of Them All.

If you want to tell the tale, here is the skeleton.


The video clips here are all amateur quality, shot in various theatres.

Their intention is just to show the range of my storytelling and give a flavour of a live performance.

Permission is granted for use in non-commercial educational contexts.

The videos are © Richard Martin.

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For those who are teachers: Telling stories in the classroom: basing language teaching on storytelling