This week’s Friday fun blog has a “story” theme, and you can blame my weakness for choose-your-own-adventure novels. So really, you can blame the first “must-see” item on this list for turning this post into story time:

  • Good literature demonstrates a certain amount of respect for its readers, as in, a confidence that the reader will understand the narrative and/or draw connections, etc. Great literature gives (seemingly) complete control to the reader. I have no doubt that Howard Shrier’s recent choose-your-own mystery collaboration with the Toronto Star fits with the latter.
  • Speaking of storytelling, have you ever used Storyboard That? It’s a free online service we learned about this week from @bwuetherick with a special section of resources designed specifically for teachers. Have you ever thought about replacing a PowerPoint or assignment with a storyboarding exercise?
  • And did you know that thinking about storytelling is a legitimate way of learning? No, we’re not talking about studying literature – think “narrative inquiry”. As the UWO’s Narrative Inquiry FAQ explains,

    Narrative inquiry is the interdisciplinary study of the activities involved in generating and analyzing stories of life experiences (e.g., life histories, narrative interviews, journals, diaries, memoirs, autobiographies, biographies) and reporting that kind of research. (Schwandt, 2007, p. 204)

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Happy Friday!


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