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Published: May, 2013

A brand new second edition! For a discount on this book and a Voice of Witness book of your choice, check out the Power of the Story Teacher’s Bundle

Voice of Witness is delighted to present The Power of the Story: The Voice of Witness Guide to Oral History, a companion resource for teachers using titles in the Voice of Witness series. This comprehensive guide allows teachers and students to explore contemporary issues through the transformative power of oral history, and to develop the communication skills necessary for creating vital oral history projects in their own communities. The Power of the Story includes:

  • Flexible core curriculum-aligned lesson plans
  • Narrative excerpts from the Voice of Witness series
  • Step-by-step instructions for creating oral history projects in the classroom and community
  • Teaching strategies for oral history

    The updated edition features:

  • Brand-new lesson plans for acclaimed new Voice of Witness titles *Refugee Hotel and **Throwing Stones at the Moon.
  • New section on Exile and Displacement
  • Updated lesson plans

    *Refugee Hotel is our first-ever photography & oral history book, describing the experiences of newly-arrived refugees in the U.S. and their lives since resettlement. The book has been described as “compact and beautiful” (Publishers Weekly) and “raw and complex” (The Atlantic).

    **Throwing Stones at the Moon describes the most widespread consequence of Colombia’s human rights crisis: forced displacement. Narrators recount life before displacement, the reasons for their flight, and their struggle to rebuild their lives. “Real and unforgettable” (Francisco Goldman, Say Her Name). “Invaluable.” (Huffington Post). “[An] extensive, poignant study.” (Kirkus)

    Lesson plans recommended for grades 8 and up.

    “The Voice of Witness series, and the approaches offered in this guide, allow students as oral historians to… adopt a capacity for empathy and identification, for greater joy and immense indignation.”
    —William and Richard Ayers, from the Foreword

    Voice of Witness is a non-profit organization that uses oral history to illuminate contemporary human rights crises in the U.S. and around the world. Founded by author Dave Eggers and physician/human rights scholar Lola Vollen, Voice of Witness publishes a book series that depicts human rights injustices through the stories of the men and women who experience them. The Voice of Witness Education Program brings these stories, and the issues they reflect, into high schools and impacted communities through oral history-based curricula and holistic educator support.

    In addition to their book series, Voice of Witness brings socially relevant, oral history-based curricula into U.S. schools with independent educational programming. To learn more about the Voice of Witness education program, click here.

    This publication is made possible with generous support from the Hemera Foundation.