Story: Anyone can argue a point, but in order to effectively persuade and communicate, you need to develop a compelling narrative.
Pink says story is integral to human experience. (p.101) It’s how our minds work – how we remember. If we are able to place facts in context and deliver with emotional impact, then we have a good story. (p.103)
Some things to try:
- Visit storycorps.net, the largest oral history project of its kind, and listen to or post your own story. I could see this turning into a great memoir assignment for students.
- Riff on opening lines from a novel (p.124) – Write compelling first lines on index cards and have students use them as story starters or a springboard for their own story.
- Photo finish (p.104) – Choose a picture as a story starter. Students can create the back story that may not appear in the picture. I’ve done this before by collecting interesting pictures from magazines.
- Incorporate 21st Literacies by creating a digital story. I have a colleague who is a master at this.
These of course fit nicely with Writers’ Workshop, but are great stretches of our creativity too.