Civic Imagination

New Feet

There was a girl named Nelly and she was a part of a circus troupe in Los Angeles, California. One day, she fell from atop of a human pyramid and broke both of her feet. Because of this, she could no longer walk or perform in the circus. A rabbi hears about her story and visits her in the hospital and tells her that he can build her new feet out of clay. She agrees and her gives her new feet and she is able to go back to circus training. Her new feet are very noticeable and she faces judgement and discrimination from her classmates who think she’s different. Her teacher decides to use this as a teaching moment and has all of the students talk about what makes them different too. The students realize that Nelly is just like them, even with her feet. The class comes together and writes about their experiences and it is published into a book. The end. 

Ethical Benefits and Challenges of Bringing These Stories Together
Some challenges that we faced were connecting three completely different stories in different genres into one cohesive story. One story was nonfiction, one was based on a true story, and the other was fiction. In addition, one of the stories had magical elements, which posed an interesting challenge to integrating those elements into real life. Benefits were finding common characteristics and themes within the stories. We also all benefiting from taking a very deep look into our stories — beyond what we had previously seen.

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