Telling S.M.A.R.T. Stories helps students write better. The activities and videos below reinforce the concepts from Adam’s Art of Story Assembly. By learning these 5 steps, your students will be on their way to writing their own great stories!
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Stories have a BEGINNING, MIDDLE and END, just like a sandwich.
In story language, we call that:
- Introduction: the first part of the story or the “hook”
- Rising Action: when the hero leaves home and the excitement builds
- Climax: the MOST exciting part of the story, where the hero makes a choice
- Resolution: the end of the story, or where everything turns out alright in the end
Here’s the first bite of the Evertaster sandwich, or the INTRODUCTION to Guster’s adventure in Chapter 2:
This video shows the RISING ACTION in Evertaster.
Can you guess what will happen in the CLIMAX and RESOLUTION?
A MORAL CHOICE is a difficult choice that the hero of the story has to make. It often comes at the CLIMAX. It can be between two things that are really good.
What about choosing between waffles or eggs for breakfast? That probably doesn’t matter that much what you choose. It’s not a moral choice.
In Adam’s book FETCH, the hero dog must decide between flying away on his airplane and continuing his adventure, or staying with his new friend. MORAL CHOICES like this one are usually life-changing and very important.
AIM TO FINISH
When Adam wrote Evertaster, he started with a blank page. He knew he had to write about 80,000 words before he was finished! That’s a lot of words! So he set a goal, and AIMED TO FINISH it.
Adam decided he would write 2,000 words a day every day for four months until he was finished. It worked! You can set goals too. Here are some ideas:
- write 50-100 words per day OR
- write for 20 minutes every day OR
- show your teacher your progress at the end of the week OR
- write a 5 page story
Whatever goal you set, AIM TO FINISH! What is your writing goal?
The gorillas in Evertaster are inspired by a real life experience Adam had when he was in Africa. Adam met 36 mountain gorillas in the jungle. He never forgot them, so they ended up in his story. Watch the video to see these great apes up close!
Everyone has real life experiences, whether it’s moving from far away and having to make new friends, or having a very happy birthday. When you use YOUR real life experiences in your stories, it makes your stories and your characters come to life.
What real life experiences do you have that you can write about?
Themes are what your story is really about, like a moral, or a lesson. They’re kind of like the flavor of the story.
Here are some example themes:
- freedom is worth fighting for
- love conquers all
- friendship is more valuable than diamonds
What is your story’s theme?
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