Telling Stories

Monday  12/4/2017

OPENING – 0 minutes

We’re going to just jump right into our lesson today, so hold onto your hats and let’s get to it.

LESSON – 45 minutes

Today we’re focused on answering another important question as we continue along the path toward our Challenge (“Tell someone else’s story of equity”). The question we’re answering is…

What is a story?

It’s a simple question, but an important one if telling a story is the goal. So what, exactly, is a story? I referred to a number of sources to answer this question, but I like Wikipedia’s answer best…

A report of connected events, real or imaginary, presented in a sequence of written or spoken words, or still or moving images, or both, that has…

  • Characters (at least 1) – the people in the story
  • Setting – the location of the story
  • Plot – the actual story – with a beginning, middle and end

So today we’re going to practice telling stories. Not stories of equity…not yet. Just like we made videos to introduce ourselves last week…those videos didn’t have anything to do with equity. But they DID help us develop a new skill that could be useful when we make our decisions about HOW we’re going to tell our stories of equity.

So today’s storytelling, while not about equity, is a chance for you to practice using the elements of story. And in so doing, you’ll get better at telling stories which, in turn, will help you when it comes time to tell your story of equity. Make sense?



As is typical for the Challenge class, there’s no homework if you use your class time wisely and remain productive. However, if that’s not what happens, then your homework is to finish your story. Or, even if you do use your time wisely, but you just want to make your story the best you can, please feel free to work on it at home.

Worth keeping two things in mind…

  1. There are prizes for best story.
  2. There are limited opportunities to affect your grade, good or bad, before the end of the semester. If you’re looking to improve your grade, you should take EVERY SINGLE opportunity to show me what you’re capable of, and what you’re willing to give toward your own learning.

Short Term Goals

In every unit, we focus on certain short term goals. Some are goals related to content, others relate to skills, but the idea is that throughout the unit, we have opportunities to practice and improve on them.

  1. Students will distinguish between equity and equality.
  2. Students will identify different types of equity (social, political, economic, education).
  3. Students will demonstrate understanding of empathy.
  4. Students will understand the importance of storytelling.
  5. Students will develop competencies in the Investigate phase of CBL.

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This Week’s Agenda



Telling Stories.


Presenting Stories.

Answering Guiding Questions.


Written Reflection

Answering Guiding Questions.


Review answers to all GQs

Prep for completion of the challenge.

Quote of the Week

“The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.”

Stephen King