Brian’s Selection of Classroom Stories

UPDATE
The story website has moved to http://briancullen.net/stories
The links below may or may not still work, so please do a search on the new site if you can’t find anything.
Thanks,
Brian.

This website has a collection of almost 200 stories for teachers and trainers. On this page, I’ve included some of my favourites – especially the ones that can be spun out into a 5 or 10 minute story. While some of the stories are quite short and can just be used illustrate a point, many of them can be told in a much longer narrative style. These provide great listening practice and a way to really engage students.

As they are written, some of the stories may appear quite short. Use your imagination and creativity to expand them and to add interesting details. I often use the split-story technique to tell the stories. In other words, I start the story and break off at a place where students are really wondering what is going to happen next. Then I go onto another activity. If you do this, be sure to finish the story at the end of class or the students may not allow you to leave!

And as always, if you have any more great stories for teaching, please share!

  1. The General
  2. The Obstacle in Our Path
  3. Exam Questions
  4. Two Wolves Within
  5. The Carpenter
  6. The Blue Butterfly
  7. Rich and Poor
  8. Treasure
  9. The Four Minute Mile
  10. The Hospital Room
  11. How Much do You Make an Hour?
  12. Sir Lancelot and The Essential Question 
  13. Mountain Climbing
  14. The Fisherman and the Businessman
  15. The Cinderella Communication Complex
  16. Krishna
  17. Starfish
  18. The Rose
  19. The Egg
  20. The Key
  21. Good or Bad?
  22. Taming an Elephant
  23. That’s Right
  24. The Drum
  25. The Axe
  26. Knowledge
  27. The Farmer
  28. Centipede
  29. Two Monks
  30. Buddha and the Heckler
  31. Iceskating
  32. Harvard Students
  33. The Beggar and the Judge
  34.  Words of wisdom from the Hodja
  35. Educating the Donkey
  36. The Bear
  37. The boy who banged a drum
  38. Always Be a Deaf Frog 
  39. The Giving Tree
  40. The Cracked Pot
  41. The Car Dealer
  42. The Mousetrap
  43. The Mule
  44. The Jigsaw
  45. Life Is Like a Cup of Coffee
  46. Two frogs in the milk
  47. A turn of the screw
  48. The Eagle’s Egg
  49. The carrot, the egg, and the coffee bean
  50. The Seeker of Truth
  51. A Meeting of Minds
  52. Heaven and Hell
  53. Dandelions
  54. The Two Drops of Oil
  55. The Traveller
  56. The Desert
  57. Gandhi and the Boy
  58. The Watermelon
  59. Is it full?
  60.  Rose
  61. Death Valley
  62. School is Boring
  63. Beth Gellert
  64. Buddha and the Gift
  65. The Bear and the Factory
  66. The Christmas Ham

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