Here’s a slight variation on storytelling if you feel you need a change-up in the routine. In a “Mad-Libs” style, students provide the details for a story without knowing how they will fit until the story comes together. You can use my model or adjust it for a different set of structures. I’m sure I will come back to this again.
1. Project a numbered list of terms you need for the story (a person from class, a food, an adjective, an animal . . . etc.)
Here is my list: Mad Libs List
2. Solicit class input for each item. The teacher writes on the screen/board while one volunteer students makes a list on paper.
3. Project the story with numbered blanks. Each number corresponds to the list the class has created. The volunteer student reads off the items on the list, and the teacher (or another volunteer) inserts them into the corresponding blanks of the story.
Here is my story that corresponds to the list above: Mad Libs Story
4. Read the story, act it out, question, circle . . . etc.
*One variation would be for each student to write his/her own list for step #1. You would have many different stories.