Read the article 'A woman of words and action' and answer the following questions. Then share your answers in pairs, small groups or in a classroom discussion.
1. Why is it important to share our stories through writing and story-telling?
2. Why is being able to write effectively and share stories important to kids that may be marginalized or learning English as a second language?
3. What have you learned about yourself from sharing your story? What have you learned from listening to others' stories?
4. Why is writing important? What is good writing to you?
5. Whom are some of your favourite writers? Why do you look up to them?
6. How did Jesus use storytelling to teach his disciples? Why do you think Jesus chose this method of teaching?
1. School Story Factory: Organise a writing workshop in your school where older students can mentor younger students in different writing genres. Talk to your teacher about what class in your school could best benefit from mentorship and organize a time after school or during class to hold your workshop. Would your workshop be a one-time event or a series of workshops? Students hosting the workshop could organise writing activities for younger students to increase their confidence and love of writing.
2. Explore the Sydney Story Factory’s website and read the different types of writing their students do. Search the Sydney Story Factory's website here.
3. Who inspires you to write? Choose one of your favourite authors/writers and find some of their quotes on writing. Write a one-page report linking their writing advice to their work – highlighting how they put their advice into practice.
4. What are your favourite stories in the Bible? What do you learn from them? Write a one-page reflection on what you learn about storytelling from the Bible.
For younger students
Teachers read or summarise the article ‘A woman of words and action’ for your students. Then talk about the importance of sharing our stories. Lead a classroom discussion on what students learn about themselves, others and life by hearing or reading others' stories. Then ask students to share what they learn by sharing their own stories.
Teachers can then give students time to write a story either make-believe or true. If students are too young to write they may draw their stories. Tell students the most important aspect of writing isn’t proper punctuation and grammar but sharing your thoughts and feelings on the page.
When students are done, they can share their work with the class.