Rives Collins "Storytelling"
Rives Collins, a professor from Northwestern University, gave the Keynote at the Teachers For Tomorrow Conference. Tricia Fuglestad, an art teacher drew this during the Keynote that gives a wonderful visual representation of the presentation.
Many stories have a common structure of:
The CALL TO ADVENTURE is the main theme. A character refuses, eventually changes his/her mind to go on a magical journey. There are enemies and trials, that are needed for the main character to grow and learn. In the end the "follow your dreams," reappears.
We see this theme through Star Wars, The Wizard of Oz, and Harry Potter.