microphone.png We all love a good story, but what makes for a good story retelling? Is it the story? The storyteller? Can we all be good storytellers? Definitely! But, it'll take some effort and a little know how. We'll start with some examples, discuss traits of good and mediocre stories, and then start retelling and recording stories ourselves. Along the way we'll also learn how to record and edit our stories with GarageBand as well as how to publish them on our wiki.

Sample Ideas



  1. Make a new page named "Storytelling HGW1 JMW11"
  2. Tag the page: JMW11, HGW1, story, parkin/harvath/davis/butzin
  3. Type in a title, a heading for the book title, and a heading for script
  4. Start scripting your story - Sample
  5. Time your story (1-3 minutes)
  6. Practice telling your story, with different voices for each character
  7. Explore Audacity - Recording, getting Goldilocks wavelengths, deleting parts, moving parts
  8. Record, save and export story with Audacity
  9. Upload story to wiki
  10. Critique stories: a) Polite (suggestions) b) Specific/Actionable
    • Example - "We liked all your different voices. If you do another version, you might consider adding the detail about the 3 little pigs lighting a fire in the fireplace." HGW1 JMW11

Story Elements

    • Plot Structure - Sample
      • ‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍Beginning‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍
        • Introduce characters
        • Introduce setting
        • Introduces main challenge/conflict
      • ‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍Middle‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍
        • Difficulties, challenges, or events along the way
      • ‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍End‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍
        • Main conflict is resolved
        • Main challenge is completed
        • Cliff hanger
    • Setting
    • Characters
    • "Dialogue"
    • Action
    • Feelings
    • Comedy
    • Questions/Mysteries
    • Word choice - Juicy words
    • Storyteller uses different voices for each character
    • Storyteller dramatizes the story with their voice and pacing
    • Types
      • Mystery
      • Comedy
      • Thriller
      • Action/Adventure
      • Fantasy
      • Drama
      • Underdog

GarageBand Skills

  • Using LaunchPad
  • Opening GarageBand
  • Empty Project - Vocal Track
  • Voice - Narration Vocal
  • Turn off Metronome and Count In
  • Change from Beats to Time
  • Recording - Starting and stopping
  • Split clips
  • Delete clips
  • Trim clips
  • Move clips
  • Add a second vocal track
  • Observing volume levels (upper green to yellow, no red)
    • Automatic Level Control
  • Save to GarageBand folder inside Music folder
  • Hide/Show Smart Controls
  • Hide/Show Editors


"butzin" "story"


"davis" "story"


"harvath" "story"


"parkin" "story"