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Storytelling for the digital age

This is a tragic story. It’s the story of how we lose one another, how men hurt women, the women who bear them children and love them. It’s of a sister’s pain and a mother’s despair.

And it’s beautifully told.

http://apps.bostonglobe.com/metro/graphics/2018/05/jaimee-mendez/?camp=breakingnews:newsletter

https://www.bostonglobe.com/2018/05/31/the-face-waves/vmVVYvXOHRjk4ZO5UYyojO/story.html

https://longform.org/posts/the-face-in-the-waves

As I am deconstructing the structure of this piece: it is a living article, with voice, movement, a story told with deepfelt heart and humility.

I am an amateur when it comes to understanding how structure affects our relationship with texts: but the only way to get better is to practice and reflect. I am wondering what digital tools are at my/our disposal to create something like this? Perhaps I’ll start small, very small, and tell a short anecdote.

My curious questions, though: are is this one possible now and future path of storytelling structures? An interactive text/image/voice path? Will it help students grow as readers and writers? What is its relationship with rigor? It does sit squarely in relevance, however. Is it nothing more than a digital pop-up book? Too gimmicky?

If anyone out there has any links to stories similar to this one please send them my way.

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