With students out of the habit of writing they may struggle with generating ideas and getting started, so why not get them to help each other? This tip is great because it takes the pressure off the writer as they aren’t solely responsible for the story.
Get your students to work in pairs (they don’t need to be sat close to each other for this to work). Each student needs to come up with a scenario where their partner is trapped, be sure to encourage original and creative ideas. Once they have come up with their idea they explain to their partner the situation and they then have 100 words to get out… or not!
Creating a convincing character is important in every story, especially so when you only have 100 words to do so! Ask students to think about their protagonist and their defining traits. What is their motivation? What has happened to them in the past to make them do what they’re doing now? How do they feel about the situation they’re in now? What adjectives describe them both physically and mentally?
Creating a back story will help your students jump straight into action and use their 100 words wisely!
Ask students to work in pairs:
Together students need to agree on a plot for the Trapped theme- the ‘trapped’ student then writes their mini saga from their point of view and vice versa with the student who is capturing.
This activity will also make for a fantastic sharing session, where pairs read out their Capture vs Trapped mini sagas... you could even create an exciting online display of their work for other students and parents to see!
Grab a student entry form and randomly number the story starters on there from 1 to 8, so you can refer back to these numbers in the lesson.
Before the lesson starts, have the Trapped video ready to play and turn the lights off. Let your students come into the class wondering what is going to happen!
As soon as they are seated, play the video – nice and loud like at the cinema, so it really grabs their senses and attention.
Once it’s over, get your students to count themselves off 1-8 and make a note of which number they are. They will be wondering what is going on, as well as intrigued and hopefully excited!
Ask all students who are number 1 to put their hands up – read them their story starter you have numbered 1. Repeat with numbers 2-8 until every student has a story starter to inspire their work. They’ll be ready to get writing!
Why not inspire your students with exciting endings to wrap up their mini saga perfectly!
Here are our top 3:
• A Twist - an unexpected ending!
• A circular ending - links back to the start of the story
• Cliff-hanger - leaves the reader wondering what happens next...
Every word counts in mini saga writing, so an exciting ending is a great way to finish and keep the tension and atmosphere right to the very end!