After a brief course intro and brainstorming session about what a good story needs, we got down to two activities. Odd numbers meant I had to take part also :-)
1) A day in the life of...
In pairs, students had two minutes to interview each other about a typical day. I deliberately asked them to sit with someone they didn't know very well.
When the two minutes were up, they then had ten minutes to write up what they had just heard. The catch? They couldn't ask any more questions - if they didn't know something they had to make it up...
Results were quite amusing and imaginative to say the least...
2) Condense a story to 3 lines of 3 words. We did this as a small group activity. Students then read them out and the rest of the class had to guess the story.
Girl goes dancing
Girl loses shoe
Girl gets prince
Students did Braveheart, The Hunger Games and the entire Harry Potter series - that's less than 1.3 words per book by my maths... eat your heart out JK!
Next week we start with our book rota - students take it in turns to bring a book and tell us why they love (or loathe!) it, the aim being to make them read more critically.
As always, big thanks to my tutor Danielle Jawando from whom I have shamelessly pinched ideas.
Topic for the next lesson: The Narrative Arc.