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3. Brainstorm Story Elements

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In this video, your group will select a main character, setting, and problems from your brainstorm list.

Then, in the next activity, you’ll write a summary of the story you’ll create.

To start, read the items in your list and add comments about ideas that you’d like to use in your story.

To add a comment, highlight the text you’d like to comment on, and click the comment button.

Describe specifically what you like about an idea.

If someone else in your group has commented on an idea that you like, you can reply to their comment to support it, or and add additional ideas.

Once everyone in your group has read through the list, and identified ideas they like using comments, gather your group around one computer to select the setting, characters and problems for your story.

As a group, choose at least one item from each list.

There should be only one main character for your story, but they may encounter other characters along the way.

Once your group has decided, identify the elements in your brainstorming document.

Do this by making the choices bold, commenting on them, changing the font, or changing the color.

Next, collaborate to write a summary of the story you plan to write.

Underneath the word “summary,” describe the who, what, when, where, and how of your story.

Think of this description like the blurb on the back of a book.

Move on once your group has selected your story elements and written a summary.

In the next activity, you’ll turn these into an interactive story.

Now, it’s your turn: Read through your group’s brainstorm document, and add comments on ideas that you like most.

Gather with your group around one computer and choose story elements.

Indicate your group’s choices on the document.

And write a brief summary.

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  1. Read through your group’s brainstorm document, and add comments.
  2. Gather around one computer and choose story elements.
  3. Indicate your group’s choices on the document.
  4. Write a brief summary.