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ERIC Number: ED362867
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Pages: 18
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
The Talking Stick.
Allen, Sheilah M.
Stories have always been the means of making a message, of exploring the relationship between past and present, and of giving significance to events. A noted native artist and writer described the "talking stick" of his tribe as a talisman which gives the person who possesses it the right to speak and hold the attention of the tribe. A teacher's version of the "talking stick," this paper provides examples of "student stories" and "teacher stories" which reveal how, through narrative, writers try to make sense of the past, the present, and possibly the future. In diverse examples of teacher modeling, illustrations of the importance of narrative is reiterated. Stories, even though voted in actuality as are the anecdotes told here, can take on a mythic quality in spite of their basis in fact, and the real-life experiences they capture are valuable as they allow students and teachers to make connections with other stories that may strike a chord in their own experience. (NH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A