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Accepting Grace

A story should do something. Create outrage, understanding, compassion, or grace. This is my sister’s story and how she was able to accept grace and peace.

 

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For Taffy

This week I viewed a video on Story Center called “Taffy.” The author, Shedrick Wicks tells a story of love and companionship. After moving to Denver, Wicks found himself to be lonely and ended up adopting a cat named Taffy. The story is endearing and the viewer can’t help but root for the duo. I evaluated this piece for story, writing, and economy.

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An Epigraph from Eavesdropping

My momma always told me to mind my own business and to never eavesdrop. Today though, I purposefully listened in to random conversations to gain a fun snippet. My mom would NOT be proud! The Daily Create posed an assignment where eavesdropping was the name of the game. I was to take a snippet of an overheard conversation and use it to inspire a fun epigraph!

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Story Board

There is a strong possibility I am behind on the creation of my digital story, but I have just now settled on a focus. I know, I know, I’ve had weeks to figure this out. I’ve truly been struggling with my chosen theme and had a bit of an epiphany last week. My true focus has been learning how to tell an excellent digital story, and how to integrate storytelling into the classroom.

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This week, I read a few articles about how to create a story board and the purpose behind it. Rooted in animation, story boards are a cost effective way to communicate a vision and story before creating a costly film. I am trying to make sense of whether or not I need to lay out a storyboard for myself. I have concluded that even a brief sketch will ensure I am  communicating the theme and message of my story in an effective manner.

The article I would like to feature explains how storyboarding can be used not only for film creation, but in the classroom as well. I have used storyboards in my own  classroom, and appreciated the reiteration of their effectiveness in varying settings. Creating a visual, students communicate their thoughts clearly, when words are often hard to find or are not descriptive. Storyboards are also effective tools to support language learners and enrich vocabulary comprehension. I would recommend this article as a very brief overview of the uses of creating storyboards, as well as a resource for how to get started with creating your own storyboards.

On the Road from Kald to Hirane

A grim silence lingered, excess from the cries that preoccupied the air moments earlier. Shattered from an exhausting battle, neither had won, both distressed from defeat. They lay down their arms and lay down their persons. Absorbed slowly by the damp earth, entrenched along the pin straight path that broke the meandering road between Kald and Hirane.

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Violet halted her mare after they reached a pause in the slithering road. Twists and turns disoriented the slight girl and demanded her to rest the wrenching bowels that displayed her unease. Thankful for the respite, the cropped black mane crouched for drop of water from the stream that never left the road’s side. The mare bowed her head next to the girl for refreshment as well. Soaking her hand in the cool brook, Violet pressed her palm to the back of her neck, relieving herself of the nausea that was bubbling up. She tilted back on her heels, landing in a tranquil heap at the base of a decaying pine.

The olive windows slowly faded as Violet’s long top lashes inched closer to meet their kin at the base of her eye. Breath slowed and met the rhythm of the nattering stream and chorus of the wisps of late summer air that carried occasional icicles insinuating the changing season. A prolonged breeze caught the attention of Violet, requiring more than just a fleeting recognition. She pried open her resting eyes and was met with a disturbing flurry of dust, feathers, and possible leftovers of other horses that have passed through. Swatting with perturbed effort, her flailing arms elbowed the unstable pine behind her. Loosening the unhinged roots, the small, by surrounding comparison, tree collapsed with relief onto the path. Stumbling into the pyre hole of her previous stand, Violet caught herself trying to avoid gauging root spears that were left from the ruin.

Hands grasping at the clammy, turned soil, her grip failed to support her momentum. Flattening into the cavity where the tree once stood, Violet slowly urged her body to turn over and regain its composure. A heavy weight pressed against her back, denying her efforts to stand, forced Violet back into the hole. The roots started to creep towards her limbs, and towards their broken comrades of the fallen tree. She strained and cried for help, but her attacker kept her restrained. The corroded pine began to erect from the pull of the desperate roots, eager to join as a whole again. A fresh life, a fresh sacrifice. All on the road from Kald to Hirane.

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My True Theme and How To “Do” Storytelling

Every week I’ve been grappling with my theme for this course. I settled on learning photography, which has been a lot of fun, but hasn’t created meaning for me. I tend to be over analytical with connotations. I dissect language, I tear apart novels, and I examine how communication in all forms affects my understanding of myself and universal truths. The further I spiral into the world of digital storytelling, the more I am realizing that my theme hasn’t really been photography, it has been understanding the power of storytelling. All along, I have been internalizing how my language, and that of my students, creates meaning through powerful expression. It has therefore been determined that I can let go of a hobby for not and focus on how I can be an effective storyteller.

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This week’s reading from Joe Lambert’s book Digital Storytelling: Capturing Lives, Creating Community describes the essential aspects that one must consider when writing a powerful digital story. With my actual theme being in focus, I appreciated the presentation of features that I will need to carefully consider as I become an impactful storyteller. Change is a continual theme that a storyteller must consider. Lambert notes, “We hear the author describe the events and issues of the story in a way that is only theirs to provide, that the perspective feels like it emerged from honest self- reflection,” (2). The honest reflection insights emotion in the viewer and can impact the audience. “Meaning and emotion are intertwined,” (5). The realization of meaning is where the true power of a story resides.

Aside from my own realization of where my learning and reflection has sat, I have been able to take away technical considerations as well. Lambert defines how to properly use explicit and implicit imagery to marry with the verbal narrative. He points out how and why one may consider music alongside a spoken story line. Having this article as a reference as I begin to hash out details of my own digital story will be very helpful. This is also another example of scholarship that I can present to my colleagues as they consider incorporating digital storytelling into their classrooms.

Digital Story: Photography for Social Change

I’m about to be cliche and refer to an old adage, but when you think about it, there is a reason the sayings are universal and prevailing. A picture is worth a thousand words is what rings true as I was watching this week’s digital story. One can quite literally use a thousand words to describe what one picture represents. A theme, a voice, a feeling can be expressed in a single photograph in a way that words cannot singularly sustain. The importance of photography in a multimedia presentation cannot be underestimated. For the sake of time and impact, photography can be used to support an entire narrative.

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The author of Active Stills: Photography for Social Change in Israel and Palestine uses his photography to incite reflection and as a tool for the community in which he takes and posts his photographs.  The images are powerful and the story of his purpose and aim is told through the striking pictures. I reviewed this piece based on economy, media development, and organization.

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