Developing Creativity and Thinking Skills:
How to Write a Story
Teacher: Sharon Ashford
Cost: $240 or $230 if taking 2 or more classes
Mat Fees: $
Homework: Writing 1 hr. Week, Reading 30 minutes Week.
This class will take students on an enjoyable journey of how to write a good story. Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of writing fiction through stories they are familiar with, read-a-louds, and excerpts from larger pieces of literature. Students will join me in exciting discoveries of what the author did to create the story and point out the situation the character faced at the beginning of the story, objectives, obstacles to objectives, and how to end a story.
Each lesson includes thoughtful questions that students will answer to help them understand the invisible structure of every story such as: What caused the problem at the beginning of the story? What is the character’s goal? What are the obstacles? How does he finally overcome those obstacles and How does it end? Incentives are offered when students identify these elements and when they apply them to their own stories.
Writing stories should be fun and not a chore. Students will think, imagine, create, illustrate and write their own stories using the elements they’ve just learned. To get started, students will also explore how and where to get great story ideas. They will also create and participate in fun activities and projects such as maps of their setting, illustrations, playing story building games, writing warm-ups, and reading their stories aloud if they choose to do so. Additionally, we will look at grammar, sentence structure, and style techniques found in literature and students will apply them to their own writing.