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Teaching with Movable

19 March 2021

Are you an instructor teaching about recovery this semester? Do you lead courses on digital humanities projects? Or maybe you're leading a group of students working to improve their storytelling techniques? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, Movable might be for you!

We've heard from several instructors who have used Movable in their courses this semester. In fact, one of our own, Paige Justice, used Movable in her English Composition course this semester. You can check out her assignment below.

We'd love to hear how others have used Movable in the classroom. If you're willing to share an assignment or activity, please reach out!


Analyzing a Personal Narrative Activity

ENG 101-110

The personal narrative allows individuals the freedom to share their own experiences, from their own points of view, in their own words. Because there is little fact checking that can be done on such stories, it is the author’s responsibility to be honest throughout their piece. The honesty of the message the author shares not only establishes their credibility (ethos), but also creates an emotional connection (pathos) with the reader. To prepare for writing your own personal narrative, we will first look at the personal narrative of others.

For this activity, please take some time and look through at least five entries from the Movable Project. Take some time to look through the various titles; once you have selected a narrative, thoroughly read through the content. Following this, read the narrative again and answer the following questions. Your responses should be in complete sentences, with at least 2 to 3 sentences per question.

  1. What does this story tell you about the speaker or the speaker’s life?
  2. Why do you think that this is the story the speaker has chosen to tell?
  3. How can you see yourself in this narrative? How can you connect to the speaker’s story? How does this narrative remind you of yourself or your own life?
  4. Can you learn about the lives of other people from this narrative? What can be learned?
  5. What did you take away from the narrative? Did this story change your thinking in any way? How?
  6. What questions does this story leave you wondering about?