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.
This menu simplifies some of the rules from the role playing game Dungeons and Dragons as a way to hook students and offers them a ton of variety in a narrative writing project.
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, protagonists, conflicts, 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 can immediately get started drafting their story.
*Story planning menu