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Lead Young Storytelling Guide

Lead Young Storytelling Guide


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Grade Level Grades 9-12
Resource Type Activity
Standards Alignment
Common Core State Standards

About This Lesson

Storytelling is a powerful way to shift mindsets. Writing and sharing stories about how a young person started changemaking early is a powerful tool to inspire other young people to do the same. 

Have you seen a young person in your school take charge when it comes to solving a problem their community is facing? It could be anything. They may have seen how kids on their block don’t have a safe space to play, or the way water is being wasted in their town. What did they do about it?

This guide is for educators and students who are interested in creating stories about inspiring young changemakers who are leading change in their communities.

The guide outlines 6 key elements of a Lead Young story and gives practical tips on how to write your own. For each core element, there are  concrete, creative examples and critical questions to consider. The guide also provides sample stories of young changemakers who are working together to solve problems in their communities. It is clear, concise and fun to use in the classroom! 

Join the "everyone a changemaker" movement by highlighting the changemakers that you see making a difference for the good of everyone.




February 13, 2020
2.54 MB
External resources
Stories of Young Changemakers
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Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on addressing what is most significant for a specific purpose and audience.
Engage and orient the reader by setting out a problem, situation, or observation, establishing one or multiple point(s) of view, and introducing a narrator and/or characters; create a smooth progression of experiences or events.
Use narrative techniques, such as dialogue, pacing, description, reflection, and multiple plot lines, to develop experiences, events, and/or characters.
Use precise words and phrases, telling details, and sensory language to convey a vivid picture of the experiences, events, setting, and/or characters.
Provide a conclusion that follows from and reflects on what is experienced, observed, or resolved over the course of the narrative.
Develop the topic with well-chosen, relevant, and sufficient facts, extended definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples appropriate to the audience’s knowledge of the topic.


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