Writing your story

Happy endings are not essential, but they make the reader feel that everything is going to be okay.

Mind map

Mind mapping is a powerful tool to help pull together ideas about a topic. It is also a good to get a group of students collaborating and communicating with one another as all ideas are recorded and everyone is encouraged to participate.

In small groups, students brainstorm their story ideas on a big piece of paper using the following template as a guide. They can draw pictures, paste images from other sources, or write down their thoughts as they go.

Building the story

Students can start building their story using the following structure as a guide. It is easy to transfer their mind mapping ideas into the story.


Page 1-4: Introduction

  • Set the scene of the story
  • Introduce the main character(s)
  • Describe the location, timeframe

Pages 5-11: Body

  • Introduce the problem
  • A dramatic event(s) occurs
  • Explain what happens to the character

Pages 12-15: Conclusion

  • A resolution occurs
  • Characters work out the problem(s)
  • Final message for the reader e.g. “we need to look after our environment because…”