English 881/781: Narrative Inquiry — Chapter 4 (Stories of Healing)

Overview of Chapter 4: Stories of Healing


Chapter 4 Class Activities for May 27 Wednesday

Zoom Class Meetings Information

  • We will hold a class zoom meeting on May 27 Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Eastern (IUP) time
  • Zoom Class Meeting Link
    • Zoom Password: 466742

School Story Draft Review

  • Please send your School Story draft to the 3 other people in the group
  • Read the Literacy Narratives from your team and send them feedback
  • Please cover the following in your response:
    • What did you like about the story?
    • What are the story’s strengths?
    • What areas could be improved, enhanced, or clarified?
    • Could the reflection be improved in any way?
    • If the writer were to make only one revision, what would you suggest?

Required Materials and Task for Chapter 4: Stories of Healing

A Song about the Power of Stories to Bring Hope

Narrative Assignment: Story of Healing

  • Begin writing the first draft of your Story of Healing
  • The draft is due on May 28 Thursday

Pedagogies of Trauma and Healing

Pedagogical Resources

Sample Stories of Healing

Sometimes We Need Fact and Fiction to Heal

  • O’Brien, Tim. 1990. The Things They Carried. New York: Penguin Books.
    • Book Chapter: O’Brien, Tim. 1990. “How to Tell a True War Story.” In The Things They Carried, by Tim O’Brien, 73-92. New York: Penguin Books.
      • Because of the significance of this story, I have posted “How to Tell a True War Story” on the D2L Class Website
      • This story talks about the rules of storytelling
      • This story is also contained within the PDF link above
    • Please also read these 3 other stories in the book linked above, all of which deal with the question of how to tell the truth in a story:
      • “The Man I Killed” pp. 118-124
      • “Ambush” pp. 125-128
      • “Good Form” 179-180
    • O’Brien’s entire book is a masterpiece and it is available as a full PDF, although personally I own 2 copies and would recommend buying it to own!

A Chapter on the Importance of Hope

  • Book Chapter: Frankl, Viktor E. (1992). Man’s Search for Meaning. An introduction to logo therapy. Fourth Edition. Boston: Beacon Press.
    • This is one of the great works of the 20th Century; the entire book is fabulous
    • Please read pp. 78-91. Please note that the text on p. 83 is readable but slightly messed up. The rest of the pages are easy to read.
    • A key narrative related quote is on p. 81 “we could say that most men in a concentration camp believed that the real oppor­tunities of life had passed. Yet, in reality, there was an opportunity and a challenge. One could make a victory of those experiences, turning life into an inner triumph, or one could ignore the challenge and simply vegetate, as did a majority of the prisoners.”

Optional Materials for Chapter 4: Stories of Healing