unlike any other. I invite you to unlock narrative writing magic in your classroom this holiday season with this festive AUDIO story starter.
The Holiday Hero is a tale about a child who steps up to save Christmas for a handful of people after he/she encounters Santa experiencing some serious trouble.
Now we aren't talking your regular old story starter here . . . we're talking a SUPERSIZED story starter that engages and excites kids. What's the difference, you ask? Well, I have figured out a way to create a NARRATIVE EXPERIENCE
for our kids by incorporating an audio component
into the mix. Instead of giving students a topic or story starter in written form, I provide it in professionally recorded AUDIO form - complete with sound effects and background music that supports the story.
I teamed up with Ron Brown's Intelli-Tunes and he provided me with the most charming professionally recorded audio file that helps get a story well underway (characters, setting, and problem), but is left unfinished. (Think old time radio shows with those killer cliffhangers that delighted children and encouraged imaginations to run wild.) I'm sure you already figured it out, but this is where the student role kicks in. They get to finish the tale.
This activity can be used as a quick write or an in-depth narrative writing experience (complete with story planner). This particular story started has been successfully tested in grades 2-5th . . . and it comes with levelized templates to meet these varying academic needs.
If you like what you see unfold in your classroom, come on back and treat yourself to the whole pack. Listen and Write - Is This The End? Take a peek at this full resource HERE
Catch a blog post about this narrative writing idea HERE