Beginning storytellers often leave out important details or create stories that ramble without direction. Here are five fill-in-the-blank outlines to help students craft compelling stories. Use this with the Story Elements tutorial to help students understand that great stories are character-driven and include conflict!
The fifth outline is based on Joseph Campbell’s ‘The Hero’s Journey.’ This outline may be used with teens and adults!
These outlines are designed to guide students into creating simple stories using a narrator. Students may play characters, add dialogue, props, etc. using these outlines.
Also included are two actual examples of the story outlines filled out. Reading these to your group before assigning students the task of creating their own stories can make a big difference in the quality of the work the students can achieve!
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