Did you know that National Storytelling Week took place all over the country from the 28th Jan~4th February?
Check out these great haiku (a Japanese form of poetry which contains 17 syllables: 5 on the first and third lines and 7 syllables on the middle line). Traditionally, a haiku usually describes something in nature - the seasons, animals, plants, etc. However - it doesn't always have to!
Azeem, Isro and Sharif have written a traditional haiku named 'Icicles' whereas Mustafa, Zayaan and Zayn have written a haiku to mark National Storytelling Week called 'Stories.'
See their photos below in the Writers' Gallery and click on the attachments to read their haiku.
READ ABOUT THE MIGHTY GILGAMESH OF URUK...
I am always telling the children in my Writing classes how important it is to listen.
Before man learned to write, he had to rely on his memory to learn anything. That meant he had to be a really good listener. A good story teller was always respected because he/she usually had exciting stories to tell about brave heroes, faraway lands or mythical creatures. The stories told usually had a message: a moral or a lesson to learn.
Have you ever studied myths, legends or traditional tales like fairy stories at school?
Well, the oldest surviving tale in storytelling history is the epic tale of a larger-than-life character named Gilgamesh of Uruk (now the area that covers Iraq and Kuwait).
Gilgamesh was the strongest and most powerful man in the world as he was part God, part human! Legend has it that he could defeat any enemy in a battle – and even lift mountains!
The history of storytelling reveals that the stories came in all varieties. Myths, legends of all kinds, fairy tales, fables, ghost tales, epic adventures, were told and retold. Stories were often used to explain important (but often confusing) events and disasters in nature in those early times.
If you are interested in reading more about the mighty Gilgamesh, go to the link at: http://www.ducksters.com/history/mesopotamia/epic_of_gilgamesh.php