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The Power of Storytelling



In this brief excerpt, storyteller Anndrena Belcher discusses the relevance of storytelling today and why people should learn their family stories. It is taken from Program 16, “Passing It On,” of the KET series Telling Tales. Anndrena also shares her own story in the complete program, telling how she learned family history, traditions, and values growing up in a close-knit Appalachian family.

Suggested Uses:

  • Show as an introduction to an oral history project where students conduct interviews with older relatives.
  • Use as the inspiration for a family heritage “museum” project where students collect and display family photos and artifacts and tell the stories behind them.
  • Use as a writing prompt for a personal essay on things students are experiencing now that they would like to remember and pass on to their grandchildren.
  • Use to introduce story excerpts from the Storytelling Sampler.

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