Stories are powerful teaching tools because they grip our imagination; they get a hold of our hearts. Lectures may tell someone what is right and wrong, but stories will make us feel it. Jesus often used parables in His sermons. Stories can make us love the good and pursue it. In fact, good literature must do that. The reverse is also true: bad literature can make us hate what is good and love what is evil. So we must be careful, as Christians especially, to use the gift of language and story-telling well.
The goal of the short story unit in the English 11U course this past semester was to craft a story that would “delight and instruct” the reader. Students developed their ability to make stories interesting, descriptive, and exciting – but the challenge was to weave a meaningful theme through the plot, characters, and conflict. This is quite the challenging feat to accomplish!
It is always exciting for me as a teacher to see the great creativity of students expressed in their short stories, and it is a shame that others often miss out. This year, a few students agreed to share their work with the community. We hope you enjoy them – but more than that, we hope you find some instruction in these stories. Mr. de Visser