Written by the great kids at Newton Middle School.
This project was a little different than the other exercises I've done before. For this story, I cut out pictures of all the main elements of the Wizard of Oz story (girl. with. dog. good witch. mean witch, red shoes, etc.) and placed them into a hat. The kids took turns taking slips out o the hat and coming up with a group story.
The following is the story that resulted. I did not tell them until afterward that they were re-writing a modern classic!
Written by the great kids at Newton Middle School
Tim Superman Johnsena (TSJ) and Peter Batman I-Carly (PBI) are on the beach in Hawaii, on the moon. They have a fight to the death! It's TSJ vs. PBI. TSJ is going to beat PBI. They used to be friends. but then they got mad and had a fight because if you want to save the world, you need to beat the other person.
Sputnik came flying over head. Sputnik is a pencil and it fell and stuck in PBI's foot. TSJ came toward PBI, lifted him (with the pencil still stuck in his foot) and tossed him to the sun!
By the participants of the Connect!
Club at Rocky Mountain Human Services
This is the
story of two boys. One of them is a
wrestler. They both have their fists
up. They might be brothers, or maybe
they’re not. They might be twins, but
there are still differences between them.
They might also be cousins.
be fighting over a girl, or a soda, or candy.
are Luke and Tony. There are two other
boys. They are about the same age as
Tony and Luke.
This is another Timeslips story by some Adult Day program participants. Timeslips is a story-creating program that allows people to create a group story based on an image that is given to them. This story is the first Sky Cliff story. They did a fantastic job!
“The Shy Boy”
The Story of Nathaniel
He doesn’t look shy.
He has a little hair on his head.
He looks like a happy baby.
Sometimes he likes to be called Ted II, but sometimes he likes to be
called Nathaniel II.
Ha ha! All stories have been recovered! You'll notice that most of the stories are very short and simple. This was done with intention -- each story, like a Touching Stories story was designed to be short and simple and focus on sensory element. In Karis' story, fuzzy fabric represented the animals she loved, nd strong smelling essential oil was the "medicine" she gave the sick animal.
RIDING MY UNCLE'S HORSES
This spring, Touching Stories participated in a project with Well Spring Day Program in Castle Rock, Colorado. We spent seven weeks telling stories, learning about story structure and, for the final project, creating original multi-sensory kits based on the stories written by the Well Spring participants.
Here are a few of those stories...
One day, when Beth was 25, she got stuck on a zipline. She felt scared. She felt mad. She prayed and yelled for help.
We are so excited to announce a new direction for Touching Stories!
If you have been watching this website over the last couple months, you've probably noticed some stories written by the amazing group of adults at the Wellspring Day Program in Castle Rock Colorado.
Keep your eyes on this space, because more will be coming soon!
At Touching Stories, we have dedicated our efforts for the next year to helping people with disabilities tell their own stories.
One of our objectives has always beento include people with developmental disabilities in every aspect of our work -- and this year, we will be bringing ourselves one step closer to meeting that objective.
Here's the latest super-creative story by the amazing folks at WellSpring Day Program!
The Beach Day Mystery
"The Beach Boys"
Brian Wilson and Mike Love are having an argument. They are about to get into a fight about who is going to get the surfboard first. Maybe Mike will get it. There are people standing around who want to watch the fight.
Mike Love and Brian Wilson are good friends. They are fighting because of sibling rivalry. They Mystery Man, Bob, might be getting ready to play leap-frog or to tackle Zach.
Last week, at the wonderful WellSpring Day Program in Castle Rock, CO, we started a new program called Timeslips. (www.timeslips.org
here's the story that resulted:
"The Wedding Day Mystery"
It's the wedding day. The bride, Lauren Jackie, ran home, kind of like the movie "Runaway Bride." She was scared of the groom, Mike Paul. She did not want to eat the cake because it was called "dirt cake" with Gummi Worms inside.
I have always loved words. As a storyteller, I have loved the nuance of finding exactly the right word to correctly evoke emotion, to create a scene. When I began working with people with disabilities, the words I chose took on even more importance.
All these words at one time were clinical designations for levels of developmental disability, but as they crept into the common lexicon, as they became insults to be hurled in the heat of anger and cruelty, they fell out of favor in the clinical world.