Students will use their writing skills and knowledge base of the writing process and the different writing discourses. This activity will lead to enhancing their organizational, sequencing, and elaboration skills.
Students will write a narrative story. The story may be fictional or nonfictional. Students should be encouraged to use a graphic organizer as they brainstorm for possible ideas.
The italicized words should be explained and discussed to ensure that everyone understands the definitions. Students should be allowed to decide if they wish to work in cooperative groups or individually as they brainstorm and create their stories.
For students who feel insecure about their writing skills, creating a group story will help relieve the stress of possible failure. In addition, working as a cooperative group, students will see the writing process and story development as more proficient writers do them.
Upon completion of the stories, students will share them with the class. Group reporters or individual writers will explain the process they used in creating their stories, such as how they decided on a topic, and why that particular topic interested them.
Have the students read the quote by Sir Richard Steele: "I have often thought that a story-teller is born, as well as a poet."
Have students complete research on Sir Richard Steele to find:
Ask students to research the lives of story-tellers, and to interview them if possible to find:
Excerpted from Beyond Rhetoric and Rainbows: A Journey to the Place Where Learning Lives ©1996 University of Illinois Extension.