Friday, September 23, 2011

Treasured Tip of the Day - Stepping into Story Structure!!!

I saw this great idea on Pinterest over the summer by Sally from Fairy Dust Teaching and was completely inspired! I couldn't wait to get back to work to get started on it. Sally's version works beautifully for lower elementary, so I had to tweak it for my kiddos needs.

The story structure path is made out of bulletin paper that we cut as a long strip.
We drew on it the story structure and included the exposition, inciting incident, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution. Along the way are traced foot steps with guiding questions.
The strip was then laminated to preserve it.

It can be used with ANY fiction story!!!

This amazing tool is used to retell & summarize a story by following the story structure. It gives the student an opportunity to get out of their seats and move around. It is a great tool for differentiated instruction and uses muscle memory to learn and review.

My kids are absolutely PSYCHED to start using it!

I must give credit though to my amazing students & a parent volunteer for their hard work in creating this for us. As I previously mentioned in earlier posts I don't create most of the things in my class.
I'm a big believer in delegating it to my kids who are old enough & can handle it. That is my way of ensuring they have ownership, respect, and appreciation for what we do in our class.
Not to mention I cannot draw for the life of me!!!
I have a vision & they execute it!

They did an AMAZING job and I'm soooooooooo proud of them!

The path is laminated and the kids get to take their shoes off and walk it (with socks on) either individually or in pairs. Each step has a question prompting them along the way to retell & summarize the story.

I tried taking a picture of the final product but it is way to long to capture in a picture (and I knocked my in the ceiling and almost broke out projector.... long story :) ) so I did the next best thing and video recorded it on my Flip camera.

The first video is one of the actual Story Structure Path.
The second is of one of my students Stepping Into The Story Structure.
The next step is to practice retelling & summarizing a story by walking it.


Once I get back into town (2 weeks) I'll take both pictures & videos of my kids "in action"!

I'd love to hear your feedback!



  1. You are incredible. I love this and can't wait to get my students to make one. They will really love it. Where do you get such great ideas?

  2. Thanks!!! I "beg, borrow, steal" :) I find lots of great ideas on PT & Pinterest and just tweak them to my needs.

    ❤ Mor ❤
    A Teacher's Treasure


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