Story structure through imagery and story telling
In this exercise you will use pictured images, (places, people, emotions etc) as an ignition point for students to create an improvised, spoken word story. You will need to download about 20 images from the internet. A variety of images which could be places, people, objects or landscapes. Here are some examples to get you started: Water pistol, mountains, tiger, castle, cloud, fence, hills hoist, zoo, car.
Before students begin the main part of the exercise described below, have an open discussion about different story types. If the students don’t specifically mention it, lead them to talk about adventure stories where the character leaves home, or is forced to leave, but ends up returning home at the end. Lead them to think about the circular aspect of some stories. Hopefully other story structures come up in your discussion as well.