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.
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
K'naan is a famous Somali/Canadian musician of refugee background. Here's a great site that I discovered called "Beyond the Single Story" that features biographies, such as K'naan's, by place and profession: https://t.co/AnuHNcUaYd #worldrefugeeday2023 https://t.co/eNwTUuMBZ2
— Stephanie Ledger (@stephledger) June 21, 2023