Writing a Short Story

What's going on? What happened before? What will happen next? Photo prompts are used to launch a lesson on short story writing. The approach and a framework provided enables kids to generate and sequence their story ideas.

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Classroom Considerations

  • Although designed for language learners, the approach used would work well in any classroom
  • Consider using the lesson early in a writing unit to provide writers with a story map
  • For more experienced writers, supplement the plan with mini-lessons on such topics as writing dialogue, establishing setting, and creating characters
Pros

  • The photo prompts provide young writers with a starting point
  • Asking groups to reconstruct the story behind a photograph provides practice describing and interpreting
Cons

  • Additional scaffolding is required for all class members to successfully craft a story