Middle school English and Drama classes have been collaborating on a storytelling unit, based around the StoryCorps project they’ve been studying. The StoryCorps mission is to provide all people with “the opportunity to record, share and preserve the stories of our lives.”
In that spirit, the first phase of the projects saw students sharing characteristics which they have inherited from their families and written down. The traits were then sent aloft in balloons to then be received, cared for, and performed by other members of the class. The class environment was one where students felt comfortable, willing, and excited to share their own stories with each other. The project culminated in a creative and collaborative way, with groups developing moving tableaux that represented the legacy characteristics.