Mini Stories

This image is currently popping up in social media and I thought it provided a great structure for mini stories, which may or may not have an associated grammatical or spelling element. You would need to work through a few examples together with students and generate a range of settings, plots and twists.

Once students have written their mini stories, encourage them to revisit each word and using a thesaurus tool try to use a more ‘powerful’ word and to include adverbs and adjectives.

The first example uses the above image as the prompt.

Title: Sets the scene

Haunted House

First sentence is the plot

A young man strolls in and sees a dead body lying in a pool of blood with the words ‘your next’ written in blood on the wall.

Second sentence is the twist

He dips his finger in the blood and adds an apostrophe and an ‘e’ – you’re!

 

Title: Sets the scene

School

First sentence is the plot

A girl receives a text message from her archenemy: Your a great big elephant.

Second sentence is the twist

“No, you’re great!” she responds and now they’re friends.

 

Title: Sets the scene

Email to Teacher

First sentence is the plot

My sun believes he didn’t make any mistakes.

Second sentence is the twist

Your son is right!

 

Title: Sets the scene

Forest at Sunset

First sentence is the plot

The kangaroo was positioned directly in the middle of her view finder as she took the shot.

Second sentence is the twist

She deservedly won first prize in the international photography competition.


 

 

Click on image for template

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