This creative writing task has no boundaries and is designed to give students sufficient time to actually try writing an in-depth and lengthy story. There is no prescribed word count and the stimulus images can form the main idea or just bring inspiration.
This task covers four lessons; one for orientation writing, one for complication, one for resolution and one for editing.
There are guidelines which can be left projected on the board during the lesson so students are sure to remember all of the components that need to be included in their stories; character, settings, etc.
The complication lesson is inspired by the concept of building tension through using events that reflect a pebble, rock and boulder. For example, the 'pebble' implies that just a small event may happen to the protagonist or maybe there is just a hint of something beginning to go wrong. The next paragraph should be a 'rock', there is definitely something wrong but the climax should not yet be uncovered. Finally, the boulder is where the biggest and most dramatic event happens - the climax of the story.