Narrative Techniques

Storytelling is one of the oldest teaching methods. Before the creation of writing, early people learned about the world and their culture through parables, fables, koans, and fairy tales that were passed down from one generation to another. These stories encapsulate who we are, what might happen, and how we should act. 

Today, a broader set of narrative techniques can be used in education to engage students, get them to think creatively, and synthesize what they have learned into something concrete. These narrative techniques have storytelling components such as a fictional situation and a cast of characters, but are more interactive than passively listening to a tale of morality.

The resources on this site provide a brief overview of several narrative techniques that can be used in practically any discipline.