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I Am a Story: Eighth Graders Experience the Power of Story

By September 21, 2022Grace News
i am a story

We are all stories, and each has a unique story to tell. On Thursday, August 25, professional storytellers Greg Aufel and Lisa Linney from The Moth visited our eighth-grade students.

What is The Moth?

The Moth is a non-profit organization dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling. People from all walks of life come together to share captivating stories. Its mission is to honor and celebrate the diversity and commonality of the human experience.

“Greg and Lisa shared some of their enthralling stories with our students and spoke to them about the vital role of storytelling in our work,” said Linsey Bove, Eighth Grade English Teacher. “They also talked to the students about the important of our and our family’s stories.”

Why is it Important?

Research says that storytelling appeals to different learning preferences and personalities. It ensures that everyone has a chance to participate in a way that they can enjoy – from the shyest to the most active of students. This ranges from listening quietly to taking part as the storyteller.

“Storytelling helps students form a connection to their lesson and remember the skill they’re learning. Listening to stories can also enable students to explore and discover their imagination and develop creativity,” said Bove.

Over the next several weeks, our eighth-grade students will select, shape, and prepare their very own stories for our live Moth Story Slam event. This event will be a Project Based Learning (PBL) opportunity to mine skills such as the author’s craft, writing as a recursive process, close reading, theme, and public speaking.

Our Live Story Slam Event will take place on Wednesday, October 12, and everyone is invited to come to watch and listen to our students’ stories.