Question: To what extent do you already know stories?
Answer: You know more stories than you think you do.
- List any stories that you could tell right now
- List any stories that you could tell after one or two run-throughs
- List any other stories that you know that would need two+ run-throughs
We create indices/labels for stories so to tell stories effortlessly and unconsciously. You may also apply indexing to when interviewing others.
Index Construction & Understanding:
1. Match indices for story retrieval
Example: Creating themed storytelling performances
2. Add aspects of a new story to empty slots in an old one
Example: Love a story except for the ending
3. Seek further evidence for stories that were only tentatively held as having been correctly understood
Example: Feminist tales
- Take story from your repertoire and complete the right side of the table below--
Types of Indices
Plan to Reach Goal
- Form circle or semi-circle as a group and pretend that there is a fire in the center.
- One person says any word or phrase toward the imaginary fire. In no particular order, everyone can say what words come to mind. Some people may talk at the same time, which is fine because you are creating a bonfire of words. Whatever word was last heard is what a person connects to when tossing out a word. Try this activity with the eyes open and then with the eyes closed.
The ability to remember an event/story increases with:
1. Immediacy of telling after event experienced/story learned
2. Frequency of telling
4. Significance to you
The act of sharing a story with someone else creates its own memory. The more the story is shared, then the more memories connected to the story.
With every version of a story learned, your memory is changed. Every version blurs the details so it is easier to put your own spin to the story. You will have details that you cling to and you will have details that you drop. Finally, ask yourself “How is this story the story of my life?”
Example: Disney version of “The Little Mermaid” vs. H.C. Andersen version
- Tell a familiar tale backwards.
- How has your viewpoint of the story changed
Understand and Share Stories
We may have stories that reflect different cultures but it does not mean we understand the stories completely. According to Schank’s book, if someone learned French and traveled to
Outsider Story Examples: multicultural tales, stories of another place or time
- Using your repertoire list, place an “I” next to your insider stories and an “O” next to your outsider stories.
1. What story do I know that relates to the incoming story?
2. Are there any events in my memory where I had a similar goal for a similar reason?
3. Do I have a story in memory where the main goal is the same as that being pursued in the story I am hearing?