We really have more in common with others than we know. Making connections or establishing relationships based on commonalities can be a great feeling. Talk to people you know well and others that you don’t know as well. Start conversation by sharing an experience you think they might be able to relate to – how many connections can you make?
Why do we remember things? What makes them memorable? Usually extreme situations or extensive details help us remember things better. Also, making connections to memories or breaking memories down into smaller parts to easily connect to helps our brains to remember. Practice the act of taking a recent memory and breaking it down into parts so it is easier to remember the details. You can use a tree map or other graphic organizer to help you sort your ideas.
A detailed, clear context in writing is essential in order to connect with your reader or audience. Several forms of writing for different purposes are listed in the top row. What contexts could each of these writing forms occur in, if you could decide? Write them in the bottom row. [Possible answers shown for demonstration purposes.]
a specific person, place, or event
how to do something
a personal experience
to portray an opinion or point of view
to fix a problem
about a very specific topic
dad’s 40th birthday
how to brush your teeth
the first time riding a bike
a political debate
picking up trash at school
the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina
Listen to others’ stories and be their “recorder” as they speak. Write down the key details and examples they share. When they are finished speaking, share your perception of their expressions. Do you see things the same way?
Go online (see online resources) to see various historical records, stories, and anecdotes. Compare how similar and/ or different these expressions of information are over time and in different contexts.