The Power of Stories

Stories have the power to develop connections and understanding, regardless if they are fictitious or not.

Imagine a group of students, all of whom have their own personal background. To talk about personal things may be difficult if they do not know of each other.

Put a story in their hands. Instead of talking about themselves, let them read and talk about the characters.

Consider a story about a single mother raising a child. How would they describe the mother?

Strong?

Foolish?

Hard-working?

Cold?

 Loving?

Insight may be gained from learning how one another sees the same story. Understanding may be gained from determining who has a common or differing point of view. Sharing perspective is just as valuable, if not more, as sharing a personal biography.

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