Purpose: To help students understand the elements of effective writing.
- Step 1: Tell your students that today you will all be creating a story.
- Step 2: Ask your students to shout out things they would like you to include in that story.
- Step 3: Use the following script and let the students fill in the gaps.
NOTE: This exercise works best when you act out the story. Move from your right to your left across the room and back again.
Script: Once upon a time there was a man who was wearing a long brown _____________ and he was out in the woods looking for ___________________ when suddenly he heard a loud roar, looked around and saw a huge ____________________. So he began to run and the faster he ran the faster the _______ ran. He kept running and running and running until suddenly he came to a very high place. He looked down and he was on the edge of a __________________. " Oh my golly," he said. " What am I going to do?" "I’m being chased by this ____________________ standing on the edge of this gap." Suddenly he looked down and saw a long thin __________________ so he jumped off the _________________ and started to hang on to the __________________. He then looked up and saw the _________________ then to his horror he looked down and heard another noise underneath him that was a _______________ He thought to himself, "Well at least I’m safe hanging on to this ________________." Then suddenly another little animal came out and started to chew on the _________________. It was a _____________.
Just as he thought his life was over he looked over and saw a beautiful fruit. It was a _____________. He reached out and grabbed the _______________ and said, "I feel good, yes!" Then he said to the ___________ and the ________________, "I’m as strong as a bull. I can hang here all day so you might as well go home." So up above the __________________ went home and down below the ____________ went home and soon he climbed back up the _________________, walked back through the ___________
and back through the village.
- Step 5: Ask students what they remembered about the story. You’ll be amazed at the retention and recall that they had.
- Step 6: Get students to act out their own stories. So that they begin to understand the structure of writing a story.
- Step 7: Having acted out the stories get students to mind-map their stories.
- Step 8: Get students to write their stories in whatever way is most comfortable for them.
NOTE: This simple way of teaching students how to write can remove much of the fear that students associate with the writing process. It also helps them internalize permanently the structure of stories.