Dispatches from the Moth · Posted On: Mar 24, 2020

(Home Schooled) Storytelling School with The Moth: Weekly Storytelling Activity #1

by Moth EDU

Social Distancing in response to COVID-19 has schools closed all around the world. In an effort to help parents and educators with some at-home curriculum, The Moth’s Education program is publishing a weekly storytelling activity!

Each Tuesday, we’ll bring you a story from The Moth’s archive with some journal prompts and reflection questions! Please feel free to share with other families, educators and other individuals looking for ways to engage their hearts and their minds.

This week’s story is:

“The Bad Haircut” by Alfonso Lacayo

You can read the transcript here.

After you’ve read the story, you can do the following activities:

1. Write or tell your own story.

At The Moth, we believe in celebrating the diversity and commonality of human experience. Often, listening to someone’s story will remind us of a story from our own lives. Let’s brainstorm story ideas with prompts from Alfonso’s story. 

  • Can you think of a time you trusted a family member or friend (for better or for worse)? 

  • Can you think of a time you came ‘face to face’ with yourself and saw yourself in a new light? 

  • Can you think of a time you should have known better? 

2. Talk to each other about Alfonso’s story. 

Each week we’ll highlight a different crafting strategy for how to make your story compelling. This week, we’ll focus on DETAIL.

  • What details do you remember from this story? 

  • Listening to a story can feel like watching a scene in a movie. What parts of Alfonso’s story could you really see clearly? 

3. Play a game. 

Storytellers make careful choices about what words they use. Try to find some of the words that stood out to us in this word search! You can print it or play online.

4. Share with a friend!

Click here for activity #2.

The Moth Education Program works with young people and educators to build community through storytelling workshops, performances and innovative resources. To learn more, visit themoth.org/education

The Moth Education Program is made possible by generous support from The Kresge Foundation, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association Charitable Trust, the Kate Spade New York Foundation, and  Alice Gottesman. 

Additional program support is provided by Bloomberg Philanthropies, the New York State Council on the Arts, ConEdison, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

The Bad Haircut

by Alfonso Lacayo

A boy gets a bad haircut.

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