story shapes

Story Shapes is a toolkit of teaching strategies to enable children to create effective story structures and to sustain a cohesive narrative across a whole piece of writing. Packed full of practical ideas for creating better stories, the whole-day INSET or sequence of three staff meetings includes:

  • story recipes: how story recipes can be followed using story ingredients to create successful narratives
  • x-points and story excuses: planning stroies in reverse to encourage connectivity
  • creating micro-stories to understand the three act structure of narrative
  • developing micro-stories through exploded planning techniques
  • beyond the story mountain: how story graphs reveal the hidden peaks and valleys of story
  • who? when? where? what? why? how effective questions build children’s understanding of story
  • timelines and flow charts – visually mapping story structure