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The Power of Story

Why English Class Matters

Scott Tyler

on 17 August 2015

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Transcript of The Power of Story

The Power of Story
I just told a story.
What did you get out of it?
"We live our life through narrative"
Film producer Peter Guber
tells his grad students at UCLA,
They [stories] provoke our memory and give us the framework for much of our understanding.
they turn out to be
the cornerstone of
This is him
I produced Rain Man!
“without stories not only would we not likely have survived as a species, we couldn’t understand ourselves.
They also reflect the way the brain works. While we think of stories as fluff, accessories to information, something extraneous to real work,
"Stories not only move us, they motivate us because we can see in them echoes of possibility for ourselves"
Me again!
also writes,
Huh? Basically, stories make our brains say
"If it happened to him, it can happen to me!" or
"If she can do it, I can do it!"
Case and point, this sweet Nike commercial
And just for kicks, this one too.
What are the stories being told here?
What possibilities for ourselves are communicated through these clips?
So what?
Author, Donald Miller feels that STORY permeates everything we do. Essentially, if you breath, you breath a story--
your LIFE!
But, your story is part of a larger story, the story of
To borrow an analogy from Mr. Miller:
What up Mr. T
Have you ever walked in to the middle of a movie and been completely confused? If your lucky your friends will whisper to you the needed information and catch you up to speed.
You are born into the middle of a huge story, and it is impossible to understand your present role and situation without understanding where others like you have been and what they have experienced.
Does this make sense?
So, what makes a good story?
"Story is the language of the heart"
-J Eldredge
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