Summary of Activity (3 weeks)
This sequence of activities involves students in talking about ways narrative can be developed, drawing on reading to support their ideas, and then using these ideas to produce a piece of continuous writing of their own.
• In Stage One, after a brief introduction, students should be divided into groups and collaborate in constructing a story based on the written fragments. Each group then tells their story to the rest of the class. Next, students fill in a language chart together and these findings are then pooled and discussed by the whole class, after which students write up their own individual version of the group story.
• In Stage Two, several short fictional extracts are read, each of which contains a distinctive main character and situation. The activity is to focus on the characters and make lists of the possible written artefacts that might be found in a pocket or bag belonging to these characters. Ideas are then pooled in class discussion.
• Working individually in Stage Three, students are asked to select one of the characters they have been reading about and construct for themselves four items which might form the basis of a story about that character.
• In Stage Four, students are asked to use the pieces of writing as a basis for making up and telling each other stories.