Schema is your friend. Build LOADS of it before ANY story.
If teaching a fable, bring on toys, puppets, or other fables to make text to text connections.
Documentaries are the best way to start, or even movies, especially those which illustrate the SETTING of the story. The setting is the most important thing to focus on because that will put the students in the mood to hear the rest of the tale.
I.E.-When I taught Bleak House I remember having to build a lot of schema with my students. I used an infocus projector, went to www.unitedstreaming.com, and to www.teachertube.com, and showed a documentary on the East London slums and the slum district, the Regency period, music, foods, what people saw, smelled, experienced....the social issues, etc.
AFTER that- you integrate the story. But always build the schema first. Totally important. But once they experienced it, it will be easier to understand.
If you are planning to teach literature at some point, this is a good question that all young teachers need to ask themselves. First, read and re-read each title--be it short story, novel, poem, etc.--several times so that you have a good understanding of the subject matter. Next, do a bit of background review: Read other people's thoughts on the subject; research the author's view; and consider any underlying themes that the story introduces. Once you have a thorough understanding of the text, try to impart your own enthusiasm to your students. You may want to introduce it with a contemporary example of some similar event. Perhaps give some interesting background about the author and why he wrote the story. Be prepared to explain any questions that may arise. Hopefully, the students will enjoy the work as much as you.
If you are going to teach youngsters use imaginative and interesting topics,and if it is for adults or above you can go for intellectual things.There is many more things to teach your pupil through a good story.Derive a moral from it at the end and teach a good lesson everyday.Hope it works...Goodbye.