Humble beginnings, to think from this small dusty, clay home spawned a epic trilogy, movies, books, fans and a following. This is how beginning an ARG is like, you aren’t quite exactly where something where go until you start and keep running with it.
Lord of the Rings: J.J.R. Tolkien, Star Wars: George Lucas
Tale of Two Cities: Charles Dickens
Is to help establish mood and tone, the place and context, the narrative can simply be just the prologue or an omnipresent narrator catching your readers/students up to speed with where the current story is, it is that scrolling text at the beginning of star wars, the ring master of a coircus who introduces the acts, the “last episode on” blank blank happened and/or the chorus in a play or song.
Traditional story line graph showing the slow steady rise in action to the eventual climax leading to the fall of action and resolve, plot based, linear
Film narrative structure, character based, linear
Masters of Storytelling/Narrative: Joseph Campbell, Christopher Vogler, William Shakespeare, Nancy Duarte
What’s the story on the small Roman state that, at one point, dominated vast areas of the world? A narrative on the rise and fall of the Roman Empire can be one focused largely on human ambition. Deceit and murder were no strangers to the drama of Roman leadership. One part of the narrative, then, would focus on the nature of the ambition demonstrated by emperors of Rome. One might also look at the army. The Roman army was also a major contributor to the building of the empire. How is military might an example of ambition? Of course, ambition can have positive and negative effects. It is generally noted, for example, that Rome suffered from an entire list of problems. These included: a series of emperors whose military leaders sought to overthrow them (some emperors had military leaders killed thereby weakening leadership in their armies), endless infighting, weakening Roman unity (by the end Rome had two capitals, Rome and Constantinople, each with its own emperor), economic problems (Rome was spending far more than it could afford and by the end didn’t have enough gold or silver to make its own coins), mass migration, and plagues (illness decimated the Roman population). By addressing the reasons behind the rise and fall of Rome in terms of ambition our students will encounter the extremes of ambition, its pros and cons, and the human source of this great empire. At what point did the desire for power of Rome as a whole, not to mention individual Romans, lead to its demise? Such questions can be resolved in vivid narratives.
Which evokes the most fromyou? (the following are the first sentences of stories) O The genealogical trees at the end of the Red Book of Westmarch are a small book in themselves, and all but Hobbits would find them exceedingly dull. O It is a period of civil war. Rebel spaceships, striking from a hidden base, have won their first victory against the evil Galactic Empire. During the battle, Rebel spies managed to steal secret plans to the Empire’s ultimate weapon, the DEATH STAR, an armored space station with enough power to destroy an entire planet. Pursued by the Empire’s sinister agents, Princess Leia races home aboard her starship, custodian of the stolen plans that can save her people and restore freedom to the galaxy…. 3
O It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way--in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only. 4
What is a Narrative?O Simple or ComplexO 100 words or 1000+ words ARGO Linear or NonlinearO Character Based or Plot Based 5
How-To Create a NarrativeO BrainstormO MindmapsO Gather InspirationO Quick Write/Speed WritingsO Etc. 11
ReferencesTolken, J. (1994). The lord of the rings. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company.Lucas, G. (Director). (1977). Star wars episode IV: A new hope [Film]. San Francisco: Lucasfilm.A tale of two cities: Chapter 1. (2000). Retrieved May 6, 2012, from Online-Literature website: http://www.online-literature.com/dickens/ twocities/1/.Scott, R. (Director). (2000). Gladiator [Film]. Hollywood: Universal. 12