So after my students and I contemplated the power of words and shared our thoughts, and after I told them about experiencing the StoryBoxes at CAWP, I reached behind my desk and revealed the surprise:
|the CAWP StoryBox!|
I began pulling out stories and reading where they were from: Tennessee, West Virginia, Australia, schools around Columbus... so many exciting stories! But I also pointed out that despite the variety already in the box, it's mostly empty, because this box is just starting its journey... so we have the opportunity to get it off to a good start!
|(This picture links to the electronic story submission form. Join us by sharing your own story!)|
Some grabbed CDs and ran to the computers to listen to audio-stories. Others grabbed a story and sat down with a partner to read together. Still others clutched a packet of stories and curled up to lose themselves in it.
To remind them of this special day and keep them excited about the project, all students got to choose from a selection of bookmarks I made:
|On one side, each bookmark has the StoryBox Pledge and one of the 8 quotations about writing/stories that I had shared at the very beginning of class. On the other side, students are reminded that their words are a gift.|
|(Just the quotation at the top is different on each of the 8 styles.)|
"We all have stories that are meant to travel—to be read or experienced by someone else."
-- StoryBox Founder Kevin Cordi
Follow the journey of the StoryBox on Twitter with #storyboxproject and check back here for more posts about our experience with this exciting project!