Guide students to write a complete, well-structured, and creative story with this menu of story choices. Teaching descriptive writing with this scaffolded approach has done wonders for fleshing out my students' writing and giving them a better sense of what is necessary in composing a complete, satisfying narrative.
Story menus offer a more structured approach to creative writing that is sure to get even your most resistant, lost writers excitedly weaving their own tales. The limited choose your own adventure style of choices for settings, inciting incidents, antagonists, etc. ensures the end product will include the entire plot mountain, but still offers plenty of room for creativity and imagination. After choosing their plot elements, students have the chance to start brainstorming their own imaginary creature and giving it physical form and character.
This tool helps students develop a plan before they dive into writing narratives, and helps them focus on writing descriptive, imaginative details without hitting road blocks by asking what happens next. Though created with middle schoolers in mind, this is a fun activity for older and younger students who may need help structuring their writing.