In this project we learned how to tell a story using Joseph Campbell's theory, The Hero’s Journey. We read books like Siddhartha and The Alchemist, where the main character becomes a hero after the journey they take. After we read each book, we did a seminar which helped us get a better understanding of the book, and also understand where The Hero’s Journey is present. To get ready to tell a story from our lives, we listened to professional stories from the internet. We practiced telling our stories in front of our friends and in front of the class. Some people even told their story at our exhibition in front of hundreds of people. In this project I learned how to add detail to a story. I learned how to present a story with good eye contact, engage with the listeners, and add expression. I learned about the steps of The Hero’s Journey and applying it to movies like Harry Potter. I learned more about my classmates when I heard their stories. I learned that I’m actually comfortable talking in front of a crowd. I persevered because the first seminar I got a C- and the second I got a B+. I refined my story on script a lot, and I refined telling my story to my mom and my dog a couple times. My listening skills became better because I listened to everyone’s story at least twice. Understandings I will take away from this project would be how to become a hero. I learned the aspects you have to have to become a hero. To become a hero you need to be faced with your biggest fear and then overcome it. You have to go through something you thought you never would have, or never wanted to. You have to go through many trials and temptations. Then at the end of it all, you receive the treasure. Anyone can become a hero. I will also take away what makes a good story: detail, rehearsal, and expression. The reason why we tell stories is to learn about who’s telling it, the struggles they went through to become a better person. I learned a lesson from Siddhartha and it was to never give up even when things get really hard.
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