Adventure Hunters takes your pupils' imaginations on a journey to create an exciting mini saga...
Turn your classroom into the most exciting place on Earth with Adventure Hunters!
A jungle trek, an erupting volcano, hidden ruins, a dark cave, an avalanche, a new planet, a shipwreck, a perilous quest... adventure stories are brilliant! They let the writer escape anywhere, create excitement, experience action and a bit of danger all via their imagination.
Use these amazing, free resources to ignite creativity and inspire all your pupils to write a mini saga (a story told in just 100 words). Will they be a daredevil explorer? A treasure hunter? A hero... or a villain?
We can't wait to find out!!
Your pupils can use of the 8 optional story starters and quest ideas on the worksheet to fire up their imaginations. There’s also a handy lesson plan online that covers building a story and descriptive writing along with a video.
What are you waiting for? The adventure starts now...
Before your pupils individually start planning and writing their stories, why not have a classroom mind map?
Split up the blackboard into segments such as:
'good action-packed verbs and adjectives'
Write down any ideas your pupils generate for each segment.
By collecting group ideas, it can help focus pupils that have lots of ideas! And for any pupils struggling, this offers further inspiration.
To grab the reader's attention from the beginning it's important to have a strong opening sentence. Encourage your pupils to look at ways in which they can do this. This can be done alone, in groups or as a class activity.
Using alliteration - 'The cave was deep, dark and disgustingly dirty as I made my way down...'
Creating tension - 'My hands shook as I opened the door to the creepy house...'
Giving a hint into the story - 'Mike was calm but he wouldn't be for long...'
Ask your pupils what comes to mind when they think of the word ‘adventure’, what does adventure mean to them?
Perhaps a book, film or famous expedition could provide a good starting point.
This is a great way to form an idea and carry on their adventure from there…
Once your budding writers have an idea forming, why not ask them to close their eyes and imagine themselves living their adventure idea.
For example, if they were lost in a jungle could they imagine how they would feel, what they would see and what they would do to try and escape/survive?
This can help with descriptive ideas and story planning.
Plan, plan, plan!
A good story starts with a brief plan. Encourage your pupils to plan a beginning, middle and ending to their story. That way they know where their plot is leading and can also keep in mind the word count.
This helps focus their writing, decide on ideas – and the worksheet has a planning sheet to help them do just this.
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