What Is a Story? And What Are You Supposed to Do with One?

What Is a Story? And What Are You Supposed to Do with One?

Your definition of a story in large part determines how you read it. Most kids in America are implicitly taught that stories are coded messages and that they should try to decipher what the author is trying to say—or what part of the status quo the author is endeavoring to perpetuate. But is that what a story really is? What alternative approaches are there to reading literature?