Storytelling: Writers' Workshop Learning Center

Check for Understanding

After students have worked on their stories for 20-30 minutes, ask them to exchange what they have done with a peer. Ask each student to look at his or her partner's story, sharing observations and questions based on the following list of questions:

  1. Does the story have a beginning, middle, and end?
  2. Who is the main character?
  3. What is the setting?
  4. What big events occur?
  5. What is the problem to solve?
  6. How does the problem get solved?
  7. What did I learn from it?
  8. What do I still wonder about?

After exchanging feedback with their peers, students should continue to work on their stories. At the end of the day, ask students to continue to complete their stories as homework. Set a deadline for when stories should be completed and handed in. You may choose to read some of the stories aloud. To assess students' progress, ask listeners how they might extend what they have learned about stories through this experience, and what story topics they might explore next.