Story Blocks

blocksIf we learn all we need to know about life in kindergarten, then first grade must be when we learn how to be professional writers. At least that’s what my daughter’s first grade class is learning. Her public elementary school in Seattle recently invited parents to come and watch an hour of a normal day in class to see how our kiddos spend the day. The scheduled hour was the time of day labeled “literacy” on the schedule in my daughter’s classroom. I went, I watched, and I learned how to write. 

The class was working on Story Blocks. Over the course of a week, their teacher read them a picture book. They had a little worksheet that they filled out each day after reading the story. To fill out the worksheet, they had to break down the story into “blocks.” Then they turned around and filled out a new worksheet for a story of their own imagining. Using the worksheet as their outline, they wrote their own stories.

I was so impressed that I asked for my own copy of the worksheet, and I’ve started using it as preparation for outlining my own fiction projects. I think it strips storytelling down to its most fundamental – and useful – steps in a way that other exercises don’t.

StoryBlocks

 

What do you think?

Advertisements

One thought on “Story Blocks

  1. Very cool- I think for adult projects the ‘theme’ line might need to be a little longer, but that’s a good, concise tool!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s