Here is what you say makes the Humans of New York (HONY) stories so powerful. These components help make the personal testimonies clear:
- the who, what, when and where
- each testimony is POWERFUL by itself. (There is enough substance to make it inspiring, sad, hopeful, positive, interesting, heartbreaking, realistic, relatable, etc., just like the pieces from HONY)
- the person’s feelings and thoughts are evident
- quotes: use actual words from the source
- it is written as a narrative, not notes or in dialogue
- the source’s perspective is clear
- was the source involved in the events? Why or why not?
- a photograph of the source (headshot or action shot)
IMPORTANT: Just like in picture books, the photo of the source MUST match the tone of the testimony. If the memory is a serious one, you should NOT take a silly, light-hearted photograph.
Resources and Evidence
Here is a very useful website to learn about resources and evidence.