Discovering Your Giftedness
A Step-By-Step Guide
The next box on the Giftedness Story Summary is labeled "Subject Matter." Look carefully at your story. What things or people were you working with in this story?
Whenever you use an ability, you use it on, with, or through something.
• In the sample stories we looked at earlier, the storyteller was frequently found working with animals.
• An accountant would work with numbers.
• A day care worker works with children.
• A girl studying for a history exam might be working with information and facts.
• A software engineer works with computers.
• An actor works with an audience.
Sometimes the subject matter is obvious from your words (especially nouns). But sometimes it's not and you have to give it a description, as follows:
• “I cleaned the old paint off the cabinet.” (paint, furniture)
• “I studied the texture of the bark and leaves.” (how something looked, trees)
• “I planned out how we would get there and what we would do.” (logistics)
• “I explained to the team what was going on.” (group)
• “I reasoned that if one person could do it okay, two people could probably do it rather well.” (This person is working with logic.)
Using the notes that your partner wrote down on your Giftedness Story Form, along with your own written summary (if you wrote one), work with your partner to identify the subject matter you used in your story and list them in the box labeled "Subject Matter."