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Storytelling Sketch to Stretch

This handout asks students to create a sketch that reflects their ideas on a quotation about identity and storytelling. 
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English — US
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  • English & Language Arts
  • Culture & Identity

Teaching Note: What appears below is a preview of this handout. Please download the PDF or Google Doc to get the full handout, which includes additional elements specifically designed for student use.

Directions: Read the four quotations about identity and storytelling. Then choose one and, in the space below, use a stylus, your finger, or your mouse to create a sketch that reflects your ideas about what the quotation means. To access the Google Docs scribble tool, click into the box. Then, click Insert/Drawing/New. Click Line, and select Scribble from the dropdown menu. You can also use words, symbols, and color if you wish. 

Then a short explanation on the next page that helps explain your ideas about the quotation.

  1. “There’s power in allowing yourself to be known and heard, in owning your unique story, in using your authentic voice. And there’s grace in being willing to know and hear others. This, for me, is how we become.” (Michelle Obama, Becoming)
  2. “In our traditional way of life, we believe that I don’t tell you who you are. You tell me who you are, and that is who you are.” (Cherokee saying, epigraph to Tell Me Who You Are)
  3. “There is no agony like bearing an untold story inside you.” (Zora Neale Hurston, Dust Tracks on a Road)
  4. “Stories cannot demolish frontiers, but they can punch holes in our mental walls. And through those holes, we can get a glimpse of the other, and sometimes even like what we see.” (Elif Shafak, “The Politics of Fiction” TED Talk)

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