Planning a story arc
Recently, I had to make a medium-term plan of work as a university project. This turned out to be a much bigger project than initially intended. However, it has been really useful in pushing me to finally create a unit on narrative writing.
This is one of my favourite areas to teach and one that the students really enjoy, too. Below is an outline of the opening to the first lesson in the unit: building a story arc.
The first part of the lesson involves watching a (very) short film called Tuck Me In. If you haven't seen it, it's great and only 1 minute long...making it ideal for class!
Play the first seconds and pause it...let students discuss what they think happens next. Then, you can watch the last part and compare their predictions to what actually happened. It's meant as an interesting opening to the medium of story-telling. Later on in the lesson, students will be analysing Tuck Me In to find the elements of the story arc: exposition, dilemma, the building of tension and a climax. The film has no resolution leaving it open as a perfect vehicle for students to do a short writing activity finishing the story. I think this is a nice intro to narrative writing as it gets the writing flowing early on.
I hope this comes in handy.
Let me know how it went,
Dylan (The Laughing Linguist)