Do your students have a difficult time starting a story? Does the sight of a blank page make them freeze up? Perhaps they have too many ideas swirling around in their head and they don't know where to start. Perhaps they have very few ideas and an unclear vision for a story.
TRY A STORY MATRIX!
A story matrix is a story elements generator that gives students story elements to include in their narrative writing with a roll of a dice! Matrices help give students direction, while also forcing creativity by oftentimes juxtaposing two (or three, or four) elements that may not seem to go together at first glance!
I use these frequently in my gifted and talented class, but these are absolutely appropriate for a general education classroom as well!
This Thanksgiving Story Matrix download includes:
Directions for use
Thanksgiving Story Matrix
Planning pages (setting, main character, supporting character, opening sentence, events flow chart, ending)
5 designs of Thanksgiving final draft stationary
Links to Common Core aligned narrative writing rubrics
Look for more story matrices to come!