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I'm trying to work out how to box up a story. I get the idea in principle I think - it's about finding the basic structure of a story.
i.e. Meet characters, setting, problem, how the problem is solved, ending.
So if I box up our class story with the children then how do I get them to box up their own story. Do they draw pictures or do they use the structure of our class story to begin to think of their own written ideas or does it really matter?
I'm a Year 1 teacher - had the talk for writing CPD but this bit was done pretty quickly.
Alan Peat's Boxing clever is a story-making game that can be used across the primary
sector. It develops early oral awareness of story structure and appeals
kinaesthetic learners by physically involving them in making their
To set it up, you need eight boxes with the following labels on the
outside, and pictures inside:
Who? (pictures of people)
Where? (pictures of houses)
Where next? (pictures of cities or countryside)
Why? (no pictures here, but blank pieces of paper, for the children to
write why the character is making the journey. A good starter question
who are they going to see?)
What goes wrong? (pictures of bad weather/a fire/an accident)
Who helps? (pictures of people)
Where last? (pictures of any location)
Feelings (pictures of a happy or sad character)
Pupils take a picture from each bag, stick them on display sheets and
tell or write the story. This helps build the confidence to tackle more
complex story forms
Pie Corbett uses the story mountain model or five fingers Opening - build up - problem - resolution - ending
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