Many readers are probably familiar with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s TED Talk, “The Danger Of A Single Story.” If not, I’ve embedded it below:
Over the years, I’ve shared other related resources, and I thought it would be useful to bring them all together in one place.
TED-Ed has a fairly good lesson using her Talk. It’s definitely worth exploring…
The importance of who is telling the story is a critical one in history, broader social change, and education. Of course, in IB Theory of Knowledge, the idea of who is telling the story in in history an important part of the course.
The late Chinua Achebe who, in an interview where he spoke about “the danger of not having your own stories,” said:
Tell a different story about Santa this holiday season is by Peggy Albers.
You might also be interested in an article I wrote for The New York Times Learning Network a few years ago called English Language Learners and the Power of Personal Stories, as well as Students Remember More When They Tell Stories.
Black History Month & the Danger of a Single Story is from The Morningside Center.
The Danger of the Story of “Both Sides” is from Teaching Tolerance.
Henry James: “The whole of anything is never told.” This is a principle I teach students when they read a novel, an advertisement. a ballot proposition, a politician. What is NOT said?
— Kelly Gallagher (@KellyGToGo) May 22, 2018
“The Danger of a Single Story” in Mathematics is from Scientific American.
If you teach history and you aren’t asking your students these questions, start today.
If my nine and ten year old historians can handle wrestling with these ideas (and trust me, they can) your students can too.
We have great responsibility to do this work. It’s critical. pic.twitter.com/y0gpB7xKBS
— Ashley Semrick (@HelloSemrick) November 12, 2018
It feels like a good time to be moving into our study of Chimimanda Ngozi Adichie’s “Danger of a Single Story.” pic.twitter.com/LaGnzVsksL
— Jess (@Jess5th) November 2, 2018
This is an important thread:
After watching and discussing Adichie’s, “Danger if a Single Story,” we used a Google image search of “Native Americans,” to begin our critical reading process to examine how images create “single stories” and to learn how to push beyond them. pic.twitter.com/xjGHgNAAXb
— Jess Lifshitz (@Jess5th) November 15, 2019