This is a simple to use story planning sheet that can be used for writing a Circle Story about 2 animal characters who have to move from house to house. After reading a variety of circle stories with the students and explaining how Circle Stories are stories that end where they start, I have the student write their own Circle Story. This planner is for a story about 2 animals who have to move from house to house due to a problem they face at each house. Before writing we brainstorm ideas on the board and then students use the planning sheet. The planning sheet allows for two characters with character traits and 4 houses or scenes. Students need to explain what is wrong with each of the locations and why their characters are moving. There is also a place for students to explain how they solved the problem at the first location so that their characters wind up back where the story first started.
Great Circle Story books to look at and discuss prior to story writing are...
Where the Wild Things Are,
Peter Pan, and
The Magic Tree House Books, etc.