This is a great activity to practice a plot in a fun and engaging way. Instead of the usual way – the students are asked to identify different parts of the story and say which part is an exposition, which rising action, etc., the students are given the parts of the story and they need to create their own story using all the given prompts.
Students randomly choose one prompt for each category - one for the characters, one for the setting, one for the rising action, one for the climax, one for the falling action and one for the resolution. Then they put their prompts (or write them out|) into a plot pyramid (see the worksheet included).
Their task is to create a story using the prompts they need to include in their story.
Characters – they need to include all four characters in their story
Setting – the story needs to be set in the given setting
Rising action – they need to write “about” the given prompt
Climax – they need to reach the given situation written on their prompt card
Falling action – they need to include the sentence written on the prompt card in their story.
Resolution – they need to include the sentence written on the prompt card in their story.
The combinations are infinite and unusual combinations force the students to use their imaginations to come up with the most amazing and imaginative stories. Let them surprise you!