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1. First, I conduct a class discussion about what makes a story interesting and revise what components it must have (characters, setting, conflict, resolution). I like to emphasize the importance of conflict and how more excitement could be added through including at least three obstacles.
2. As a class, we brainstorm some interesting obstacle ideas on the board that could be Easter related.
3. I explain the activity and what students must include in their writing. They need to choose only one of the writing prompts from the worksheet, but they must include at least one conflict, three obstacles the character experiences, a description of the setting, an interesting character with a weakness, and a clear resolution to end the story. I usually model with the class a simple idea to explain all of these components on the board before they begin writing.
4. Last year I turned this activity into a writing competition, which really motivated my class. Students wanting to enter the competition would have to read their story to the class. At the end, students got to vote for their favorite story (a blind vote and obviously not allowed to vote for themselves).