Harwood Middle School students' thoughts on storytelling

In our Introduction to Ethnography lesson on Thursday, November 16, we opened the class with a question: Why do humans tell stories? What's important to us about sharing our experiences and hearing about others' experiences?

Here's what the seventh graders in Nick Gordon and Jon Potts' Social Studies and English classes had to say:

“It keeps culture and traditions”

“You learn from others.”


“To better understand culture.”

“You learn about different ways of life.”

“You learn to accept others.”

“You feel important when people listen to you.”

“You can tell your own story.”

“People know they’re not the only one experiencing something.”

“You can see other perspectives.”

“It’s a historical record.”