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Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Jr High Results are In (Period 2 of 7): Forsaken Brother

These are the results of period two (out of seven periods) at Snowcrest Junior High School.

It was through the help of Denae Palm, an intern from Weber State University, that we had these school sessions scheduled in the first place.

The "deal" was that after I told the story, then each student would receive an index card to answer the following questions--

1. What images or pictures were in your head as you heard the stories?
2. What emotions/moods were felt in the story?
3. What theme or "moral of the story" would you create after hearing the story?
4. What story scene did you like the best?

***Please note that as I knew Forsaken Brother would be a sad story, and you never want to begin or end on a sad note, then I told a two-minute funny story at the beginning and then a five-minute happy/tender story at the end. However, the questions were geared for the middle story.

Forsaken Brother Feedback Results from Period 2:

  • Boy ||||||||
  • Boy turning Wolf |||||||
  • Village People |
  • Wolves |||||||||||
  • Raw Meat |||
  • Dying Father ||
  • Dying Mother ||
  • Winter-Maker ||
  • Field |
  • Forest |
  • Snow ||
  • The Eyes |
  • Maple Tree |||
  • Lodge |
  • Brother ||||
  • Lake ||
  • Canoe |||
  • Sister |
  • Sad |||||||||||||||
  • Happy |||
  • Sorrow |
  • Depression |
  • Confused |
  • Loneliness |||||
  • Serious ||
  • Neutral |||
  • Relaxed |||
  • Inspired |

Theme/Moral of the Story
  • Keep your promises. ||||||
  • Don't trust your brothers or sisters.
  • Love your family. ||
  • Keep your promises or you'll lose the ones you love.
  • Don't turn your back on each other.
  • Be honest and loyal to your parents.
  • Be nice to your brother.
  • If someone is dying and you tell them to keep a promise, keep that promise.
  • You should help other people out.
  • Be loyal to your family.
  • Listen to your parents.
  • Never leave your brother alone or else you might lose him.
  • We need to try hard to love our family.
  • Don't turn your back on each other.
  • The sister shouldn't have left them.
  • You are not supposed to leave family. ||
  • Stay with family and love them. Things change.

Favorite Scene
  • Boy confronts Blizzard |
  • Boy under or within Maple Tree |
  • Winter-Maker sweating after drinking Soup |||
  • Boy crawling for Raw Meat ||
  • Boy accepted by the Wolves, let him eat |||||
  • Brother fishing on the Lake ||
  • Boy transforms into Wolf |||||||||||||
  • Boy chants to his Brother |
  • Boy-turned-Wolf follows the other Wolves |
Other Comments:
  • "Your performance was breathtaking."
  • "Is it hard to tell that story in front of people? How do you get into a profession like that?"
  • "In the Forsaken Brother story, it didn't really make sense to me that the mother and father died and made the sister and brother promise to not forsake each other or something like that. No one would just leave their family and come back, so I personally didn't like the story that much. It just didn't make sense to me."
  • "I couldn't really relate to the stories and I lost interest."
  • "How long have you been telling stories? (to Rachel) How long have you been playing guitar? (to Joshua)"
  • "Do you like your jobs? (to Rachel and Joshua)"
  • "When did you start storytelling?"
  • "How long did it take Josh to learn his guitar part for the story?"
  • "How do you make your guitar do that?"
  • "I saw a little boy hungry. Ready to die until he saw a pack of wolves."
  • "Interesting how the boy turned into the wolf."

Until we tell again,

Rachel Hedman
Professional Storyteller
Former Co-Chair of Youth, Educators, and Storytellers Alliance (2005-2008)
Tel: (801) 870-5799
Email: info@rachelhedman.com
Performance Blog: http://familyfamine.blogspot.com
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