Week 5 Lesson
My Plot has a Problem
For a printout of the fable and some Teacher lesson ideas, click here.
In order to have a good plot, you have to have a problem. When you introduce a problem into your plot. It doesn't have to be horrendous, but it does have to be interesting.
Read the fable Boy Who Cried Wolf and identify the problem in this fable. It started with one problem: boredom. Then it became another problem: lying. Finally, there was a third problem: a wolf attack. These problems create an interesting story.
For the fable you're creating for the Summer Writing Program you should have completed the following steps so far:
1) Select two interesting characters (at least one should be an animal).
2) Create an interesting situation.
3) Introduce a problem.
Here's an example of an ordinary everyday occurrence: eating spaghetti.
Here's a problem: What if you wanted to eat spaghetti, but you didn't have any hands?
What if you were an elephant, and had to figure out how to eat spaghetti with no hands, and only a trunk? Now, you have a humorous situation with an interesting problem.
And now, what if you threw in a moral or social dilemma (or even an etiquette challenge, like how would an elephant eat spaghetti in a fancy restaurant)? Now you have the potential to write a fable with a moral to the story! (But that's next week's lesson!)