The Making of an Adventure: Teaching Story Elements with Whole Group Story Creation
The Making of an Adventure is a short, humorous narrative about an uncommon road trip. Random story elements are missing from the story and must be added by students to complete the plot. Cooperative groups choose the needed elements to make the story complete. This lesson offers a unique twist to nonsensical ad-lib stories because choices are provided so that students can affect the plot instead of simply editing character names or adjectives. The Making of an Adventure enables the whole class to participate in the building of the same story. In addition, students express themselves creatively through art.
The Making of an Adventure includes:
1. Seven lists of story elements and character emotions for seven groups
2. The Making of an Adventure outline (with fill in the blanks) for missing story elements and character emotions
3. Example of a completed story outline
4. Basic Story Elements for Students (instructional practice sheet)
5. Answer key for Basic Story Elements for Students
6. Materials needed and procedures sheet for teacher
Extra materials needed:
1. Colored pencils, crayons, or markers
2. Paper for students to draw pictures of story elements
The Making of an Adventure is ideal for the following:
3rd, 4th, and 5th grade classes learning about basic story elements
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade library classes - This is a good introductory lesson for library media specialists to use during the first weeks of school. At the end of the lesson, students can be reminded that a library is full of stories that have these elements - including short stories and long novels. Then, wish students a wonderful year of reading adventures.
Homeschool classes - This lesson can be modified for individual students or small groups.