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Storybook Outline
Grade: 3-5
Subject(s): Writing
Required products: Tool Factory Word Processor, Tool Factory Painter
Materials
  • Tool Factory Word Processor
  • Tool Factory Painter
    Overview
    Students begin to plan a short story book, using the provided templates to brainstorm and outline the plot, setting, characters, sequence of events, and dialog exchanges.
    Instructions
    1) Suggest that students design a story plot based on an event that has occurred in their own lives. Lead students through a brainstorming exercise to generate plot ideas.
    2) Open the "Storybook Outline" documents. Use FILE> SAVE AS to save documents as student's own.
    3) Complete the outlines for plot, characters, setting, and dialog. If more space is needed, simply add pages or copy the existing outlines.
    4) Remind students to save their work.
    Follow-up Activities
    Have the students take digital photographs of people they know. Base the story and plot on the photographs.
    Printable Worksheets
    Mac users: To download, ctrl-click on the worksheet and choose "save link to disk"
  • Storybook Outline: Plot
  • Storybook Outline: Characters
  • Storybook Outline: Setting
  • Storybook Outline: Dialog
    Downloadable Worksheets
    Mac users: To download, ctrl-click on the worksheet and choose "save link to disk"
  • Storybook Outline: Plot
  • Storybook Outline: Characters
  • Storybook Outline: Setting
  • Storybook Outline: Dialog
    Correlation
    Choose your standard:
    McREL Language Arts Standards: Writing Standard 1, Level 2, #8: The student writes narrative accounts, such as poems and stories (e.g. establishes a context that enables the reader to imagine the event or experience; develops characters, setting and plot; creates an organizing structure; sequences events; uses concrete sensory details; uses strategies such as dialogue, tension, and suspense; uses an identifiable voice.)