The students studied Where I'm From by Kentucky Poet Laureate George Ella Lyon and used the poem template as a basis for thinking about how we talk about ourselves and where we are from.
The students studied a Cherokee origin story told by Gayle Ross and learned about pourquoi tales. We then applied concepts of pourquoi to ourselves.
The students enjoyed Bil Lepp's story Wally! Come Down Right Now! and used it to learn about tall tales, considering why we tell stories about ourselves.
Chicago-based storyteller Scott Whitehair visited and gave a program of personal stories about character change and self-examination. Our response activity involved thinking about character development and growth.
World-traveling storyteller Kristin Pedemonti visited and told a program of personal and traditional stories about fear and empathy. The students had many questions about her work and being a traveling artist.
Baltimore-based storyteller Diane Macklin visited and gave a program of traditional and personal stories about discovery and family/cultural traditions. We used the program to examine how voice and body are used to tell story.