Story Creation Tips
Using words is the most obvious way to communicate, but it's not the only way. It may not even necessarily be the best way. Using alternate ways of communicating may be more fun or more effective.
We communicate not only by the words we say, but also by the way in which we say them. Tone and inflection can affect the meaning of a word or phrase. Here are some exercises on using your voice in different ways.
Design elements of stories on cards. You can use them as prompts later, but for now, your class can put the ideas on paper.
A common adage among writers is "show, don't tell". Writing in this way prompts students to think of different ways to express the same thing. Students will have to use expressions and imagery - like native speakers do in most situations - instead of being straightforward.
Story Creation Ideas
Whether you're doing a brief writing exercise or getting started on a full project on stories, sometimes your students’ minds need to be primed to get those creative juices flowing. Here are some what-if questions to explore.
November is National Novel Writing Month, but your students don't have to write a whole novel all by themselves. Instead, have students write just a chapter or two. Put them all together for a class-written novel!
Students can learn a lot by putting on a play - not just reciting lines, but making a big production of it, involved in plenty of different aspects of the show.
Students can create characters that they’ll use throughout the year. Each month, the character progresses a little closer to their goal, but in the meantime, they can be used to answer questions and for other activities. The possibilities are wide open.
Whether you're doing a fun exercise of flash fiction or you're practicing a particular language topic, sometimes your students need a little push to get started. Here are ten first sentences of potential stories.
November is National Novel Writing Month, but your students don't have to write a whole novel to challenge themselves and practice creative English. Encourage them to write 5,000 words instead. A short story in a month is still something to celebrate!
Students create an outline of a story they know well. But instead of just words accompanied by bullet points, they’ll have more of a visual component to it and show the flow of progression.
Suppose there's a new film coming out soon that many of your students are excited about. You can take that opportunity to give them some assignments they'll enjoy. Different assignments will require different skills as we work both before and after the film’s release.
For any student who can’t read very well or doesn’t like to read, I recommend comic books. This medium has advantages that picture books, chapter books, and novels don't have. Comics can both provide motivation and aid in reading comprehension.