The Untold Narratives is a public website designed for high school and college students to build literacy skills at their own pace through storytelling. It is intentionally called The Untold Narratives to focus on storytelling that honors the myriad of realities and histories of students who have been historically excluded from dominant narratives. By choosing their own words and telling their own stories, members of non-dominant cultures and identities provide alternative points of view, helping to create fuller narratives that authentically and accurately represent our society.
Our tagline is story now, craft later because we believe that the mechanics of writing should not be a barrier to storytelling. Students who have struggled with literacy are often not given opportunities to create stories because educators may be concerned with moving them along in a curriculum and may believe that creative writing or storytelling is a nice to have versus a necessity. This approach often ca...
The Untold Narratives is a public website designed for high school and college students to build literacy skills at their own pace through storytelling. It is intentionally called The Untold Narratives to focus on storytelling that honors the myriad of realities and histories of students who have been historically excluded from dominant narratives. By choosing their own words and telling their own stories, members of non-dominant cultures and identities provide alternative points of view, helping to create fuller narratives that authentically and accurately represent our society.
Our tagline is story now, craft later because we believe that the mechanics of writing should not be a barrier to storytelling. Students who have struggled with literacy are often not given opportunities to create stories because educators may be concerned with moving them along in a curriculum and may believe that creative writing or storytelling is a nice to have versus a necessity. This approach often causes students to lose motivation and disengage.
We want students to stay engaged and motivated to learn, so we are developing a library of curated narratives and offering students guided tutorials in storytelling and creative writing techniques utilizing universal design principles, so students can choose which modalities (i.e., video, audio and written) are best for them. Our approach is to develop a rich, independent learning experience that targets specific gaps in knowledge (i.e., focus on sentence or paragraph development), leverages students’ prior knowledge and, ultimately, cultivates a love of reading and writing that will help students participate more fully in educational pursuits.

We recognize the role that educators play in advancing literacy skills, so will also offer a suite of teacher-centered content. Eventually, we will design professional development opportunities for educators to integrate storytelling into their disciplines as part of our menu of services.
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Elizabeth Santiago
Admin
Elizabeth Santiago CEO I am a writer, teacher and online experience designer. My family is from Puerto Rico and I am the first in my family to go to college.