Lesson 6: Think of an Ending
The aim of the StorySpinner project is not necessarily to have created a full and complete story in just six lessons, but rather to have generated all the obvious ingredients that a good story requires such as:
- Characters - Places - Action - Plotlines - Dialogues - Descriptions - Atmosphere
- Pictures, Sketches & Drawings, Interesting Language and Vocabulary, Good Use of Direct & Indirect Speech, Accurate Grammar & Punctuation, Neat Presentation
By lesson 6, it should be possible to see the beginning, middle and end of our story. This last session should be used to brainstorm possible endings and summarize the story as a whole.
1. How should this story end?
Sketch out a few ideas about what should happen to each character - where they should end up and in what state. If there are any mysteries to be solved, come up with possible solutions. Once you’ve brainstormed a few ideas, write them up neatly as a series of short paragraphs.
2. Write a short email or letter to a friend
Tell him or her all about the story you have created. Imagine if you had watched a really good film last night or just finished a great book and wanted to tell someone all about it - what would you say? Write no more than 200 words. Concentrate on:
- telling us exactly what that story is about in terms of the characters and the plot and what kind of story it is (a comedy, a horror story, a love story etc)
- explaining some of the issues and themes that are running through the story
- pointing out things we can learn from a story like this about how people are or how life is.
The pupils should produce no more than 200 words. They can work individually or in groups. Ideally, they should type their descriptions into a Word or Text document. Alternatively, an A4 template can be provided.
Once these outputs have bee received, StorySpinner will generate a final album that will contain all the character descriptions, all the story texts plus images and from the movie trailer. This album can then be used as reference by the pupils, either to remind them of the work they’ve done or as research material from which to create their own versions of the story.
See notes on Lesson 2
KS3 Curriculum Points
- to imagine and explore feelings and ideas, focusing on creative uses of language and how to interest the reader
- to inform and explain, focusing on the subject matter and how to convey it in sufficient detail for the reader