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Its time to write our stories... Its time to write our stories... Presentation Transcript

  • We all love stories
  • What are the characteristi cs of our target audience?
  • cc USAG-Humphreys' photostream
  • stories folktales, fairy tales, fables, myths, legends, adventure, fantasy, family, animal, tall tales, trickster tales, scary stories… (the list goes on)
  • Examples of what children need when they are learning to read (from Sheila Drew) • Enjoyable stories • Authentic contexts, not contrived by adults • Rich visual images that make sense and can support the reading of the text • Play with words and sounds • Not necessarily ‘real’, but logically developed – 'nonsense that makes sense‘ • Text that has visual qualities • ‘Matching relations’ – rhyme, rhythm, repetition, similar elements, different elements, setting rules and breaking them etc. • Suspense and danger (can be frightened / take risks within the safety of the story) • Beginning, middle and end … always?
  • Finding inspiration for a story
  • The ‘What If’ method
  • An example of using ‘free writing’ with a class
  • Our world loves stories. Do you like stories?
  • Catch the story going around in your head! (Classical music is playing)
  • Concentrate hard until you find the story
  • Who found a story?
  • Let’s discuss our stories in groups
  • Oh, that is a funny story!
  • That’s a very good idea!
  • Now it is time to put your thoughts on to the computer. Don’t worry about spelling and grammar – just write!
  • The words are done, the story is in paragraphs and Ihave checked the spelling. My friend helped me. The pages are in order. Now it’s time to illustrate my story.
  • How do you do this snipping thing again? We use a snipping tool to get the pictures and words into PowerPoint.
  • The book binding team at work
  • We created the stories, added illustrations and put them into PowerPoint. We then printed them as A4 booklets.
  • Each class wrote stories made using PowerPoint
  • We created a reading scheme of 77 books from Grade 1 – Grade 7 for a disadvantaged primary school in our area
  • One class was selected to deliver them to he recipient school and read some of the stories to each grade in their school hall.
  • Thank you for these books!
  • Adding structure to your story
  • The main elements of a story in a simple form Plot Character/s Conflict and resolution Theme
  • 1. CHARACTER: Who is your main character, and what is your character like? 2. CHALLENGE: What challenge or problem must your character solve? 3. MOTIVATION: What is motivating your character to solve the challenge? 4. SETTING: Where and when does your story take place? 5. OBSTACLES: What obstacles stand in his/her way? a) b) c) 6. CLIMAX: How does he/her finally solve the challenge? 7. OUTCOME: What is the outcome of the story? An excellent planning guide from StoryJumper
  • Beginning Middle End Act 1 Act 2 Act 3 The setup The conflict The resolution • The main character in his/her setting • The character has a motivation and a goal • The hero moves towards the goal • Protagonist introduced • The hero falls and hits a major low point • This could happen several times The final push The final fight There might be a low point The hero digs deep There is a wrap up Adapted from Eddy Ching’s Story Structure
  • Putting this all together Start with a big question (what if?) and then think about how you would turn that question into a story. The structure of the story might be: * an inciting incident * turning points * around three attempts to resolve a big problem * a dark moment * the climax * the resolution Things to consider about the characters: * The main character needs to undergo a change. * The main character must have a motivation or goal and obstacles that get in the way of the goal. * Secondary characters may bring out other traits of the main character. * Characters should be allowed to make mistakes.
  • Example from Flat Stanley The structure of the story might be: * an inciting incident * turning points * around three attempts to resolve a big problem * a dark moment * the climax * the resolution
  • Thank you!