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Its time to write our stories...


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Its time to write our stories...

  1. 1. We all love stories
  2. 2. What are the characteristi cs of our target audience?
  3. 3. cc USAG-Humphreys' photostream
  4. 4. stories folktales, fairy tales, fables, myths, legends, adventure, fantasy, family, animal, tall tales, trickster tales, scary stories… (the list goes on)
  5. 5. 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?
  6. 6. Finding inspiration for a story
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  8. 8. The ‘What If’ method
  9. 9. An example of using ‘free writing’ with a class
  10. 10. Our world loves stories. Do you like stories?
  11. 11. Catch the story going around in your head! (Classical music is playing)
  12. 12. Concentrate hard until you find the story
  13. 13. Who found a story?
  14. 14. Let’s discuss our stories in groups
  15. 15. Oh, that is a funny story!
  16. 16. That’s a very good idea!
  17. 17. Now it is time to put your thoughts on to the computer. Don’t worry about spelling and grammar – just write!
  18. 18. 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.
  19. 19. How do you do this snipping thing again? We use a snipping tool to get the pictures and words into PowerPoint.
  20. 20. The book binding team at work
  21. 21. We created the stories, added illustrations and put them into PowerPoint. We then printed them as A4 booklets.
  22. 22. Each class wrote stories made using PowerPoint
  23. 23. We created a reading scheme of 77 books from Grade 1 – Grade 7 for a disadvantaged primary school in our area
  24. 24. One class was selected to deliver them to he recipient school and read some of the stories to each grade in their school hall.
  25. 25. Thank you for these books!
  26. 26. Adding structure to your story
  27. 27. The main elements of a story in a simple form Plot Character/s Conflict and resolution Theme
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  29. 29. 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
  30. 30. 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
  31. 31. 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.
  32. 32. 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
  33. 33. Thank you!