A photograph. A document. A song. An experience. Each of these can serve as a pathway to learning about the past through the clearest lens possible, a student’s own eyes. But, how can you provide your students with the opportunities to personalize someone else’s story through their own personal interpretation? By employing digital storytelling tools including stop motion, amongst others, we are teaching students research, interpretation, creativity, thinking, writing, and collaboration skills as they form a personal connection. Let’s have a dialogue about ways that Hollywood and pop culture allow us to personalize other people’s stories creatively in everyday life and relate how this translate to powerful activities in any classroom to both honor original stories while empowering students!