Creating a story plan is the first step in writing fiction.
It will be a sketch to use for planning purposes. Your students can work the steps in any order. In fact, some people find it easier to write the ending of the story first, and then go back and sketch out the characters and the plot.
This is a three page graphic organizer for students to use when writing their story plans.
Your students will enjoy planning out their stories. I often assigned this activity as a group project. Students enjoyed interacting and creating stories together.
To stimulate ideas, I had my students read through the headlines and model their stories after true incidents in the news. Of course, they embellished the details and changed the names to protect the guilty. Fun!
I hope you and your students enjoy using this. Here's another exercise your students will enjoy.
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