The Power of Stories
Created for Youth Entrepreneurs
By M. Thiessen

Every great entrepreneur has a story. What's yours?

Today is all about being inspired, examining others' stories and thinking about how your life can turn into something amazing.

Before we go on, check out the rubric for this lesson here.

1. We discussed the timeline at the beginning of class, and sketched a brief timeline for Veronika's story, as well as brainstormed some ideas for your own timelines.

2. Next, explore the Symbaloo tiles and find one story that inspires you. You have six options: Kelvin Doe, Tim Harris, Blake Mycoskie, Jerry Jao, Ollie Forsyth, and Khadijah. Consider the following questions before completing a timeline for that individual:

  • Who's involved in the story?
  • What important events led up to their success?
  • What did they learn from their experiences?
  • What obstacles, if any, did they have to overcome?
  • What might come next for them?

Complete a timeline on the handout provided about the individual. The events will loosely be in chronological order. Focus more on events that happened and what they learned through them. We will have a brief class discussion about these individuals.

3. All of us have experiences and unique personalities that shape us. You are the main character in your life story. The last questions for you to consider are:

  • What experiences, jobs, or circumstances are unique to you?
  • What specific skills did you learn through those jobs and experiences?
  • What are some goals you have for the future?

Next, you will be using a timeline technology tool to create a visual of your life and goals. Use the sheet provided to create a rough draft of your timeline with at least six past or current experiences and two future experiences. Include detail with each one. See example handout. When it is done, do the following:

Creating A Timeline Using ReadWriteThink:

1. Go to ReadWriteThink Timeline. Click "Get Started".

2. Once you choose an option, follow the directions by adding events on the timeline. Try to focus on chores, jobs, trips or experiences that gave you new skills. You can use personal stories but make sure you reflect on what you learned from them. What could you apply to a future job from the experience?

3. Add DETAIL, explain what skills you learned through each experience.

4. SAVE your project as final to the shared drive, finish at home and add photos.

5. SHARE your project with the class tomorrow, and PRINT to turn in.

Sample timeline

You will be assessed on the following four components for this lesson: The timeline based on the article of your choice (turn in), the rough draft of your timeline (quick check), the final project (turn in) and participation.