Telling the Tale! A grant that’s focus is to allow students to practice the art of storytelling while gaining practice in public speaking and writing through technology. Storytelling is a part of Appalachian culture that is truly becoming a lost art. Students will practice telling their stories out loud, but alone using a mini ipad recorder. Students will be able to gain confidence while listening to their own recordings. Students will be able to copy their stories in prose form, which will allow their writing to have clear voice within their pieces. Finally, students will be able to share their stories with classmates encouraging listening, writing, publication, and public speaking skills. In conjunction with the international organization Narrative 4, which is a research based program that encourages empathy through storytelling and writing. Created by the author Colum McCann a former teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary. Students share their thoughts and emotions through storytelling.