discussion story elements

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The elements of story can be bold or boring, factual or fiction, and may give rise to a call for action or may leave a listener uninterested and disengaged. Speeches are one form of storytelling where a listener is engaged through sight, sound, and context inherent in the power of “pull.”

To Prepare

  • Review the Learning Resources.
  • Consider at least two (2) speeches (other than Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mandela) from the websites listed in your Learning Resources.

By Day 3

Post an evaluation of the purpose, the context, and the words, phrases, metaphors, and symbols that you felt were particularly effective in their stories.

Required Readings

Simmons, A. (2006).
The story factor: Inspiration, influence, and persuasion through the art of storytelling (2nd ed.). Cambridge, MA: Perseus.

  • Chapter 4, “How to Tell a Good Story” (pp. 83–104)
  • Chapter 6, “Sound Bite or Epic?” (pp. 133–156)
  • Chapter 9, “Storyteller’s Dos and Don’ts” (pp. 199–218)

Required Media

American Rhetoric. (2015). Top 100 speeches. Retrieved from

Website: The History Place. (2015). Great speeches collection. Retrieved from

Website: Nobelprize.org. (2015). Nobel Prizes and Laureates. Retrieved from

Website: United Nations Department of Political Affairs. (2014). Speeches and statements. Retrieved from

Website: United Nations Peacekeeping. (2015). Speeches and statements. Retrieved from

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