Robert Shetterly’s Blog:
What value do “standing stones” bring to our communities/our world?
Choose one AWTT portrait subject and learn about the subject’s issue, actions, challenges, moments of inspiration, and accomplishments. After studying this person in more depth, make a creative presentation that provides an energetic and deeper understanding of the AWTT portrait subject. Use the creative arts to expand understanding and highlight the Truth Teller’s story.
√ Ground it in the events of your Truth Teller’s life.
√ Make it real.
√ Talk about moments when your Truth Teller was tested or challenged.
√ Tell things you know about this person that are not common knowledge.
√ Be specific.
√ Name the belief or cause that is central to your Truth Teller’s life.
√ Write in words or phrases that are comfortable for you to speak.
√ Don’t say “bus”. Say “run down city bus with doors that don’t close”.
√ Don’t tell, but show. Don’t tell about anger or truth or justice,; show what made your Truth Teller angry or what act was unjust. Skip the “This is a story about truth.” line and move right into the “truth”.
*Based on This I Believe in association with National Public Radio and Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott.
Discussion/Suggested Lesson Expansion:
Share writings, poems, stories, and raps with the class or with the school or community. Discuss how these stories allow access to a better understanding of a person.
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