Here is a repost from 2016 for Dana, following our recent discussion on the 25 minute thing on NTCI stories:
There are, of course, many keys to success with storytelling. But one of the most important is brevity. We tend to clutter our stories with too many facts and then we wonder why our kids tune out. They don’t understand because there are too many sounds coming their way.
Therefore, the instructor must at all costs work to actively select during the course of creating the story only those salient kinds of sentences that are sparkly, that grab the attention of the kids, that are needed to drive the story forward.