2. Introduction to Group Decision Making

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Every story has three elements: setting, characters, and plot.

In this video, each group member will brainstorm different ideas for your story.

By the end of this activity, your group should have at least 10 of each possible: settings characters, and problems.

To start brainstorming, first think about the setting for your story.

It might be something you know such as your house, the park, or your school.

Or it might be imagined, like the moon, a different planet, or an alternate universe.

Be as serious or as wild as you want.

Add your ideas to the “Settings” column of your brainstorming document.

Next, brainstorm some characters.

Perhaps the reader will have an adventure as a deep sea explorer or an archaeologist.

Or maybe they’re an athlete or an astronaut.

The possibilities are endless.

You could even choose non-human characters, such as a dog or a toaster.

Include characters the reader will encounter along the way, like a friend, an ogre, or a flock of birds.

Add your ideas to the “Characters” column.

Finally, think about problems the main character might encounter in these settings.

Perhaps the astronaut finds out there is a meteor hurtling towards the planet.

Or, maybe the deep sea explorer sees a monster, and their oxygen tank is almost empty.

Record your own ideas for potential problems in the Problems column.

Separate each idea using bullet points.

You can create a new bulleted list using the toolbar.

To create a new bullet point, press enter or return, just like you would for a new line.

When you think of an idea, type it in the document.

Later, you’ll select ideas from each column to use in your story.

For now though, focus on generating lots of ideas.

Check out what this might look like...

Nia brainstorms the rainforest as a setting.

When Antonio sees that, he adds “Adventure with wild animals” under problems.

Molly sees Adventure, and adds “tour guide” and “vacationer” to characters.

Even though you might build on each other’s ideas, you should still contribute some of your own.

Be respectful of others, and be careful not to delete what others have added.

Keep adding ideas until your group has at least 10 for each story element.

Then, move on to the next video to select the elements your group will use for your story.

Now, it’s your turn: Add your own ideas to the document.

Your group should have at least 10 settings, 10 characters, and 10 problems before moving on.


  1. Add your own ideas to the document.
  2. Your group should have at least:
    • 10 settings
    • 10 characters
    • 10 problems