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Did you love reading the "Choose Your Own Adventure" series from Goosebumps? These books were a dynamic read where you--the reader--got to choose the storypath you wanted to follow.
Add fun to the narrative writing process by having students create their own choose your adventure story. Students compose their narrative in a PowerPoint presentation, and the reader gets to choose which storyline he or she would like to read! Students can create a story from scratch, or modify the storyline path of the novel you are reading in class. This project promotes a fun and rigorous approach to narrative writing in the classroom.
Start your unit by teaching the 7 parts of plot with Freytag's Pyramid.
-PowerPoint overview of Freytag's Pyramid
-Printable Notes overview of Freytag's Pyramid
-Notes handout that mirrors PowerPoint
-Handout example using the film Shrek
-Blank chart for students to fill out the 7 parts of plot with the book you read in class
When you're ready to introduce the project:
-Example presentation of final product for students to model
-3 topic outlines for students to plan their story (three versions depending on how long you want their stories: long, medium, and short versions)
-PowerPoint Template where students can plug in their storyline to a pre-made PowerPoint presentation
-Written Directions for students to create their own PowerPoint from scratch (link to a detailed screencast also included)