This creative tool was used by a specialist in creating educational materials, Dee Broughton, whose website refers to it. Broughton explains the importance of children using this story structure to first develop the plot of their story and to think about characters involved, the incident and the ending. It allows them to start writing their story independently with the use of the structure to aid them and gives the children creative freedom in a well organised way.
The 7-sentence story structure is a popular resource used by teachers as a ‘scaffolding’ technique: will ‘prop’ the children up academically, and can be taken away when they can confidently complete the task with no aid.
The use of the sentence starters helps to give the children an idea of which order the events of the story should go in. We gave to the children to use as a story starter the 7-sentence structure below:
Once upon a time____. (How the story will start – settings, characters etc)
And every day____. (Everything is ordinary/in a state of normalcy)
Until one day____. (Something suddenly changes from the norm)
And because of that____. (Character attempts to solve problem but makes problem worse)
And because of that____. (Character attempts to solve problem again)
Until finally____. (Character successfully solves problem)
And ever since____. (Story ends with a state of normalcy but a with a new setting as a result of the story)
This special structure helped many of the children complete the task of writing a story plan successfully and in the designated time. We are posting a selection of some of these story plans to show how effective this resource was and to encourage children to keep using it. We hope the children keep practising creativity and imaginative story writing outside the classroom.