Monday, April 19, 2010

Our Stories, Our Selves

Three weeks ago we invited our family members to join us for a session of drawing and storytelling. Here is our writing prompt for this particular session:

Discovering Stories!

Last week we wrote about our own memorable experiences in the neighborhood, whether they were fun or scary. This week, let’s help each other explore and discover the stories of others in the community.

1. Listen to your partner’s story.
2. Draw your partner’s story.
3. Give your drawing/partner’s story a title.
4. Switch! Repeat steps 1-3.
5. Share stories with everyone.
Here are some story prompts to help you get started. Have fun!

Do you remember the first time you came to this community? Tell us the story of your first time here. What do you remember seeing, hearing, smelling, feeling?

An interesting thing happened on my way to…. What happened? Where? When?

The most interesting I discovered was…. Tell us about a discovery you made one day? Where did it happen? Where and when? How did it feel?

Think of a time when you had a visitor come to your house. Who was it, what did you do? How did you feel about having them visit?

One time my neighbors…

If I had a magic wand and could change anything about my neighborhood, I would….

The best thing about living here is….

Great writing prompts, no? The participants and their family members told stories about their neighbors, family visitors, ditching school, witnessing violence, discovering the moon, making friends, taking classes in NOMAD LAB, learning about art, moving into Valle del Oro,etc. The stories, just like our group, were rich and diverse, and we enjoyed sharing them with each other. Here is some of the work that we created during this session:

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