Storytelling Matters

The first week at UCLA School of Law our professors told us our job as lawyers was “to tell the most compelling story.” Today persuasive and narrative writing are two pillars of the Common Core State Standards in writing, the third being argumentative/expository. But narrative (both reading and writing) in particular defines our experiences as humans. We tell our own stories to discover and share meaning; we read other’s stories to connection and find meaning. Every discipline employs some form of “telling one’s story”, whether it be a scientific study, a corporate annual report, a medical history, architectural plans — you name it. We all need to tell stories!

This article presents the why and how of storytelling more eloquently that I could. I hope to adapt it to my high school classes this fall.



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