Storytelling 101

Diverse women role models grouped together against a pink background under the words Storytelling 101
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Stories are powerful tools that can teach us about ourselves, life, and others. Role models in this video share their advice for creating and telling compelling stories for fun or as a future career.

We are surrounded by stories every day: at school, talking with friends, and at the dinner table. But did you know that there are specific qualities that make stories powerful? Listen to the role models to learn about these qualities and how to apply them to your own stories.

The resources here can help you learn even more about storytelling and the qualities that make stories powerful.


Fun Page Activity

Fun Page Activity: In this “Story Writing Challenge”, you select from lots of funny options and then practice creating your own story. Remember to think about the qualities of a good story while you are writing!

Discussion Guide

Independent Learning Discussion Guide: Watch the “Storytelling 101” video, then think about the qualities of a good story and how to apply these qualities to your own storytelling. This all-purpose guide can also be used by educators, parents, and mentors to jumpstart a valuable discussion about the role storytelling plays in our lives.

Classroom Lesson Plan

Classroom Lesson Plan: This step-by-step lesson plan is available to guide a more in-depth “before, during, and after” learning experience when viewing the video with students. This lesson plan is also suitable for use in after-school programs and other educational settings.