The main ideas we learned this week were ideas that went with our "This I Belive" essays. Ideas on how to make the reader feel like they're involved in your story and understand every detail of it. They go together because they're supposed to take us in emotionally and let us be able to understand the stories that are told. The important details of the main ideas were to be able to explain exactly what is happening so that the listener of your story can be able to relate. The activities and experimebts we did were write our essays and also listen and watch other people's so that we can have an idea and an understanding on what exactly we're supposed to do. We came to know and understand the ideas by listening and watching. The questions I still have are just to know ways to better understand how to get people in the same boat as me and to relate to what I am saying. I believe my participation was good because I stayed busy every day this week doing my essay. I think I understand a majority of what I learned this week. I think what I would still need to work on, though, are just ways to better understand how to put better detail in what I am saying so that the people who are reading are listening to what I am saying can relate because it's perfectly detailed.
This week we learned all about the elements of storytelling and the power of it as well. The main ideas go together because they are about storytelling; the elements and how powerful it is in general. The important details to the main ideas were a point of view, a dramatic question, emotion, voice, soundtrack, economy, and pacing, rythym, tempo, etc. Some activites and experiements we did when it came to this topic was watch TED Talks and write some stuff on the board and talk as a class about these things. We came to know and understand the ideas that we learned by watching videos and tryng to find way to relate. I still have some questions about it though. Some of the elements I do not fully understand. Elements like: economy and dramatic question. I believe I had decent participation this week. I've talked to my table when the times came and I did the things I was supposed to do. I would rate my understanding a half and half. I understand a good portion of what we learned this week, while I didn't quite understand another portion. I think I will still need to work on understanding some of the elements of storytelling a little bit more.
What I learned the first week of this class was stuff that can be very important and are very important to our lives in the future. Things such as, the rules of being human and why stories are so powerful.
The rules of being human is such a good one because it explains different ways to look at our lives when it comes to situtions and such. One that really stood out to me was the rule that we don't make mistakes, we only learn lessons. Why that was so meaningful to me was because thinking you made a "mistake" can be a bit hurtful, so thinking you only learned a lesson can be very helpful and encourage you because now you know that what you tried to do at first, you can do better.
Another thing that really stuck out to me in the first week was the fact that stories can be powerful. They indeed can be because people can learn better from hearing a story than just hearing a fact. Stories can engage people to really listen, and when they listen they learn better and keep what they heard in their minds better.
I can tell that from what I've learned so far in this class will really help in the long run. I look forward to what else I will learn because I know that it will be very important. Why that is is because there are so many things you can find out about your self and the world and you just have to learn it.