One thing that really stands out for me is the storytelling aspect. English class can sometimes get so caught up in the minutia of specific symbols, words, and phrases, we lose the actual story itself. It's important for students to remember the value in storytelling, as it's truly one of the more valuable skills you'll need in life. I don't just mean the ability to tell a fairy tell to a small child, but being able to unfold a narrative with the correct pacing, timing, humor, rhythm, and suspense are invaluable. Talk to anyone in any field, and they'll tell you that while content knowledge is important, it's the communication and storytelling ability that ultimately makes one candidate stand-out from others. I know I've listened to many terrible stories (those without punchlines, pacing, timing, or emotion) in both school and my personal life, and they completely suck the life out of what may have otherwise been an interesting situation. Storytelling is the whole thing; if you can tell your story and get people to listen, you're golden.
As the King Arthur unit kicks off today, students are hard at work trying to balance lots of different elements to make the projects a success. The most important one remains storytelling. No amount of frills, tech, or special effects will turn a bad story into a good one.