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Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Jr High Results are In (Period 3 of 7): Forsaken Brother

These are the results of period three (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, the
n 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 3:

  • Boy ||||||||||||||||
  • Wolves ||||||||||||||||||
  • Boy turning Wolf ||||||||||||||||||||
  • Lodge ||
  • Dying Father ||||||||
  • Dying Mother |||||||
  • Sister ||||||||||
  • Brother |||||||||||
  • Lake ||||||
  • Canoe |||
  • Basket ||||
  • Raw Meat ||||||||||
  • Food ||||||
  • Torch ||
  • Snow |||
  • Maple Tree |||||
  • Fish |
  • Spear |
  • Wind |
  • Trees |||
  • Planting Seeds ||
  • Village ||
  • Mountains |
  • Sad |||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||
  • Starvation, Hunger |||||||||||
  • Happy |||||||||||||||
  • Guilt, Regret |||
  • Loneliness |||||||||
  • Revenge |
  • Emptiness ||||
  • Curious, Interested ||
  • Excited |
  • Mysterious |
  • Maddening |
  • Loving, Caring |||
  • Scared ||
  • Depressing |
  • Mourning |
  • Grim |
  • Calm, Relaxed |
  • Eerie |
  • Confused |
Theme/Moral of the Story
  • If you ignore someone, they will eventually change and slip away from you.
  • Love your family. ||
  • Don't trust anyone.
  • If you make a promise, keep your promise. ||||||||||
  • You turn into what you hang out with.
  • Care for one another. ||
  • Never leave your family alone when they are sick.
  • Be kind to everyone. |||
  • Never leave another behind. ||
  • Don't leave anyone out./Include everyone. |||
  • Never forget your promise.
  • No matter what know your family will always love you.
  • People leave each other all the time.
  • Don't forget anyone; happy when you remember and sad when you forget. ||
  • Pay attention to your brother so he doesn't turn into a wolf.
  • Pay attention to who you are with.
  • Don't forget about the ones you love.
  • Learn to take care of yourself.
  • To try your best to eat right and not starve, and you can become someone else.
  • Even though your family can be mean or you don't like them, in the end you always love them.
  • Stay with your family.
  • Obey your parents and you won't be in trouble.
  • Don't take what you have for granted.
  • Don't turn your back.
  • This is a family that needs help.
  • If you do it too much you turn into it, like the boy eating with the wolves.
  • Pay attention to people.
  • Don't lose yourself.
  • Love your brother.
  • Don't be rude./Don't be mean. ||
  • Don't leave people alone.
  • Don't be stubborn.
  • Everything changes, and some things are changed in ways that you may never expect
Favorite Scene
  • Sister and Brother make promise, Family together |||
  • Sister cares for Boy in Springtime |
  • Boy waits for Sister |
  • Boy under or within Maple Tree |
  • Boy crawling for Raw Meat |
  • Boy accepted by the Wolves, let him eat ||||||||||
  • Brother fishing and then recognizes the Boy on shore |||||
  • Brother rushes to Boy as transforms ||
  • Boy chants to Brother ||||
  • Boy transforms into Wolf |||||||||||||||||||
  • Sister mourns the Broken Promise ||
Other Comments:
  • "Some kept me on the edge of my seat."
  • "I learned how werewolves came to be. Haha."
  • "Can you find the stories on the web?"
  • "I picture stories/books in my head all the time. So I saw everything clearly. You are a great storyteller."
  • "My favorite scene is when the boy turns into a wolf. I could just see it. It was great."
  • "How did you learn how to play the guitar like that and how much did it cost?"
  • "Very good detail. Keep doing what you are doing."
  • "The music was amazing. Great voice!"
  • "Great detail! UR really good! Gr8 story! I love UR stories." (with some smiley faces)
  • "I thought your actions and the background music was really good."
  • "I saw the whole story and details you told. I bet you sing well. Josh plays that thing really good."
  • "I pictured a bunch of wolves around a carcass pretty good because I have seen it before except there were flies. That was my favorite part, too. Don't ask why. Maybe it's cuz I am vegetarian."
  • "I could picture everything okay, and I was able to see the background and the characters."
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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