Dr. Johnson’s project, Telling Our Stories; Sharing Our Lives: Storytelling as the Heart of Resistance, is a curriculum unit which uses culturally relevant literature, specifically trickster tales, to engage students in critical thinking, collaboration, and authentic writing. Almost every oral tradition in the world has trickster figures, and African and African American culture are no exception. Passed from generation to generation, trickster tales illuminate resiliency of the human spirit. These stories’ form provides a perfect platform to study archetype analysis, literary functions, and diverse narrative structures. Since the tales are rich in the oral tradition, students can analyze how storytelling is used as a tool for survival, a way of remembering, and a call to action.