The Power of Story
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Grades: 6 - 12

Focus Area Description:  Authors, playwrights, poets, actors, directors, and producers share how they are influenced by and seek to create the power of story in its various forms.

Our current library of 56 videos in this Focus Area are available in the subareas listed to the right; to view them click a thumbnail and become a member of Educate.Today. 

To see sample videos in this area of the collection, click any of the titles below:

New November 2022! The Origins of Fahrenheit 451
Other Samples:
New October 2022! Being a Storyteller: Nestor Gomez
Ron Austin on Being a Storyteller

Quick Ideas for Using our The Power of Story Videos:

  • Provide the videos for students to view independently to gain insights into the storytelling process and/or answer specific questions students might have as they write stories themselves.
  • Use the videos as a conversation starter for a class discussion on a topic linked to the writing process or a story/book/play you are reading.
  • Use the videos with journal prompts for students to write about as they respond to/reflect on content included in the video.
  • Use the videos with lesson plans you create asking students to compare how story is developed in different storytelling genres and forms like drama, short story, fiction, non-fiction, poetry, etc.
  • Use the videos as a source of inspiration for aspiring storytellers in your class.
  • Have students include insights gained through the videos as part of their projects, papers, and presentations on a writing-related subject by:
    • interpreting and/or summarizing what they saw and learned in the video.
    • citing quotations from the expert in the video.