What is the role of stories in our lives? What are the characteristics of “good” stories? These are the questions that the freshmen in G17 began to ponder and will continue to ponder over the course of our opening unit. This week, students read Mary Oliver’s “Mindful,” noting her message about the importance of learning from the ordinary. They also read Sherman Alexie’s “Family Portrait” and learned that stories are messy versions of our memories, created and recreated by our imaginations.
The freshmen will continue to study the concept of story in preparation for composing their own stories. They began this week my writing briefly about summer memories and advice for students on the first day of high school. They will continue to write next week in order to generate narrative ideas, and they will research what constitutes a good story based on the perspectives of readers and writers on the web. Stay tuned!