November 2019

This is a collection of resources for participants in the FLO MicroCourse: Teach With Stories.

If you come across other useful articles, tips, and tools you would like to share, please add them to the Open Forum and we will update this resource page.


Start by watching the video below for an introduction to the core course concepts. (Here's a rough transcript for your reference).


Interestingly, most books and guides on using story to teach refers to work with children. Here are a few resources that are specific to adult learning.

Denise Withers' articles in SSIR on story design in general.



November 20, 2019 Course Q&A with Denise Withers

Teaching through stories

Five ways to teach with real stories

Empowering students through storytelling

Using tales to teach science (France)

Kurt Vonnegut on the Shapes of Stories


Nancy Duarte uncovers common structure of greatest communicators

The Danger of a Single Story



Here are a few tools you can use to help you design engaging and effective stories.


  • Follow the Problem, Quest, Resolution structure. Remember that the learning happens in the gap, where the hero has to overcome an obstacle. So make sure your story has obstacles!
  • Send students on a Quest - to answer a Question.
  • Make SURE your stories are engaging by making them Simple, Unpredictable, Relevant and Extraordinary.
  • Try sketching your story out as a storyboard or storymap to see the flow.
  • If you're designing a story, cut absolutely everything that isn't essential to move the story forward. 

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