Reflections on Favorite Stories

What is your favorite story and why? What makes a story special and unique?

B&B members Hannah, Taylor, Khaffeon, Inayah, Nidrea and Laura posing for a picture before the IU students leave TEAM Academy on Sunday, January 19, 2014.

B&B members Hannah, Taylor, Khafeeon, Inayah, Nidrea and Laura posing for a picture before the IU students leave TEAM Academy on Sunday, January 19, 2014.

“My favorite story is a story that I co-worked with my old writing partner Dakota. The story was about a princess who lived far away with her mother. The princess had been arranged to marry a prince of her parent’s choice, but the princess didn’t want that for herself. She meets a bird in a nearby tree who symbolizes who she is. Although the bird had wings and could go anywhere, it had never learned to fly so it never traveled. In the end, both the princess and the bird left the kingdom to follow their dreams.

A story is special and unique when it is relatable with a moral that teaches an important lesson.”  – Nidrea, TEAM schools student

“My favorite story is Simba’s Mane. This is my favorite story because it shows how people, or better put, animals have role models. In Simba’s Mane, his dad was his role model. In my life my dad is my role model.

A story is special and unique when it has a theme that people can relate to. I think it is important for your reader to be able to connect to what they are reading about.” – Khafeeon, TEAM schools student

“My favorite story is The Pact by Jodi Picoult. It’s about a boy who is on trial for the death of his girlfriend. He did not kill her, but the only way people will believe him is if he proves his love for her. The characteristics of a good story are a solid plot and an interesting storyline. A story that leaves the reader in suspense are always the most interesting.” – Inayah, TEAM schools student

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