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Week 3: Why Stories?

On most road trips, the “why” is a combination of practical (we need to get somewhere) and creative (what will we find/learn in the process?). We might think about the why of storytelling in similar terms. Why do we tell stories?

We’ll be car-talking about this and other questions in Slack. Check in and share often.

Read + Chat

This week, we’ll read about storytelling in the classroom, storytelling and the brain, and storytelling as communication. Some questions to consider as you read: How do stories help us — kids included — understand the world? What and how do we learn through stories?

The Boy Who Would Be a Helicopter (ch 1-2) by Vivian Gussin-Paley (UAF library eBook — scroll to “Other Formats and Editions” and click “Ebook Central”)

“Telling is Listening” by  Ursula K Le Guin in  The Wave in the Mind (PDF shared in Slack)

“How Stories Change the Brain” by Paul Zak in Greater Good Magazine (don’t miss the video embedded in the article)

Six-Word Memoirs by Larry Smith, excerpted on Brainpickings

Daily Create

Complete and post on Twitter at least 4 “Daily Creates” this week.

More about the Daily Create practice here.


Next week you’ll be writing a “Travel blog” post about what a story needs in order to be good. Review that assignment as well as a draft of the checklist we’ll use to assess the posts. Please review the checklist with the eye of a reader/audience. What’s missing from the list? What isn’t clear? What could be expanded? Make changes/suggestions and add your comments. Since we will collaboratively assess the work, it is important that we work together to be as clear as possible about the criteria we’ll use.

Weekly Declarations

Please fill out this this form to declare your progress in our explorations together this week.


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