Feathers in the Wind: A Jewish American’s Story invites students and teachers of all religious and cultural backgrounds to reflect on their own lives and to explore the impact of gossip and hurtful words.
This lesson plan “unpacks” stories told by Susan Stone, a professional storyteller. This story and lesson plan can be used in one or two sessions.
“…Your words are like feathers in the wind.
Once they’re gone you can’t get them back and you
don’t know where they’ve gone to.”
This unit provides some ways to engage diverse students with traditional folk tales and contemporary stories.
- Through personal reflection, peer discussion, and the development of collective strategies for making a difference, the exercises included here explore our use of language and encourage us to stand up for our beliefs.
- The unit seeks to promote a culture of empathy and compassion for the differences and similarities among us.
The following MP3 tracks are story excerpts for use with the Feathers in the Wind lesson plan. Please note that these excerpts are protected by copyright and are exclusively for educational use.
Excerpt #1 — Track One — 12:18 minutes
Excerpt #2 — Track Two– 8:58 minutes
About Storyteller Susan Stone
Susan Stone has been sharing her tales for over twenty years for children and adults all over the USA. She teaches storytelling to teachers at National-Louis University, IL, and has been honored with many awards for her CDs of Jewish stories for children. She loves telling stories from many cultures, but especially loves sharing stories from the Jewish tradition. Susan believes that hearing each other’s stories enables us to nurture compassion for others, and perhaps heal ourselves as well.