Happy Monday everyone, as we enter our fourth, yes fourth week of home learning we have created step by step guide to help you and your child get creative and start writing a story. These steps can be adapted to your child’s age and ability.
Encouraging your child to write a story can give them a great confidence boost. By helping them to consolidate their literacy skills they can learn how to organise their thoughts and use written language to communicate them. Usually, the trickiest part of writing a story is finding ideas, not only for children but adults too! Structure in your writing is also very important, helping them write from beginning to end makes the process much easier for them.
These steps will walk you through how to guide, encourage and support your child during the writing process.
STEP 1: Finding inspiration and ideas
Start by reading some of your child's favourite stories. For each story you can read a little but about their author, helping your child understand that the author created the story and made decisions about the outcome of it.
During and after your reading you should stop and ask your child to make predictions or ask them questions about different parts of the story. Their alternative ideas could be used for their own story. Some example questions may be: Is there a problem that occurs in the story? If so, how does/should it get resolved? What do you think about the ending? Can you think of a better or different ending? What do/don’t you like about the story?
STEP 2: Planning your story
Let your child create characters and settings. This is where your child can let their imagination takeover. Think about main characters, change of settings (if any), will the characters be human, animal or possibly both! Use the questions you asked in step 1 as a guide to help plan the story.
A useful way to note down your ideas is by using a storyboard, it can help your child put the main events of their story in order, almost like a comic strip.
STEP 3: Beginning
If your child has thought of alternative ideas or used a storyboard use these and expand on the idea, helping them set the opening scene. Perhaps you may have found certain phrases in your favourite books which you think will suit best in your story. However, if you find that the stories you read did not inspire you, look for some story starters which may be scenarios or statements that someone else has already come up with.
STEP 4: Conflict:
Including conflict is a great way to keep your child's story more exciting and interesting but first you must make sure your child understands the point of conflict and how it works. You can use examples from books you have read and explain how it
STEP 5: Middle
The middle of the story is usually the time where the topic is explained and gives important key details, giving a eureka moment, holding the reader's attention, but most importantly it is where we reach the turning point of the story or an unexpected climax. You should also make your child understand the turning point in stories by showing them in some of their favourite books. This is the time where you unleash your child's imagination by asking them to think of an idea that would surprise the reader to something they would not expect, making them think about how the story is going to end.
STEP 6: Conflict
By using the conflict and turning point you can now challenge your child to think of a resolution to allow your story to end smoothly. They may have already put this in their storyboard so you could ask them questions to ensure it links and makes sense.
STEP 7: Resolution/Ending
There are many ways to end a story but try to make your child think outside the box so that their ending can be satisfying. You could use your conflict and resolution to help shape your ending.
If you ever get stuck you can always reach out for further support, we are always here to help you! Have a productive week, from the Boost Team :-)