Claim: A picture is worth a thousand words, that is why I find “Visual Narrative” to be the most important teaching function. It’s a great way to rely the writes message, thus helping tie all of the information together to gain the best understanding of the message or story. I found the visual narrative in this module very captivating.
Definition: The definition of a narrative given by Bradford Hall is, “A narrative in its most basic sense refers to a recounting if a sequence of events that is told from a particular point of view (Hall, 2005, p. 73). Hall states that there are four narrative teaching functions including: Those of which are The Way the World Works, Our Place in the World, How to Act in the World, and How to Evaluate What Goes on in the World (Hall, 2005, p. 74). As Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie conveyed in her Ted Talk, a single story is precarious and the danger of a single story is that it creates a narrow, inaccurate view and/or description of a person, place or culture. Furthermore, by only knowing a single story about a person, place or culture, we are unable to understand it fully.
Example: The visual narrative “Grandfathers Journey” by Allen Say was a fabulous example of a visual narrative. While watching each slide, the illustrations spoke to me and evoked emotion within, helping me connect with the writer. I felt like I was able to really understand how he was feeling when he created this piece.
Explanation: When conducting my interview for my film project, it is important that I use the suggested interview questions so the project does not turn into a single story, based on a preconceived notions I may have about Ethiopia, which is where my friend Sosy if from. Honestly, I am glad I have the interview question outline as a guide because I guess I do have a single story of Ethiopia within me. I view it as a land with few innovations, small farm communities and tribes. I am looking forward to the single story of Ethiopia within me disappearing as I learn the whole story, the reality of the country, from my friend who moved to the United States a few years ago.
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