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Creative Writing - Choose Your Own Story

posted Jul 13, 2014, 9:45 PM by Cori Frede
Today we are going to look at a modern take on an old favorite creative writing assignment, Choose Your Own Adventure. For years, books have been published using this format and students love it. Using technology, your students can design their own digital "books" in this format. I prefer using Google Spreadsheets to make the book pages, however you can also use Google Sites.

Make sure you give your students guidelines such as how many plot twists they must create and if the decisions can result in the same outcome. 

Another alternative to this story is to have students work collaboratively on a story. Each student can add to the plot.
  Student A writes a slide. Student B and student C each write a possible choice stemming from A's introduction. Student A and C follow student B while student A and C follow student B. This pattern can continue until they have reached a pre-determined number of slides. 

A sample book can be found on Google Drive and in the resource section. Enjoy!

Common Core Standards
This lesson can be adapted for many grade levels based on the complexity of your assignments. This assignment can fit and be used with a variety of standards. This is just a small sampling of the Common Core 8th Grade standards for reference purposes.
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.3 - Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences.
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.3.B - Use narrative techniques, such as dialogue, pacing, description, and reflection, to develop experiences, events, and/or characters.
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.6 - Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and present the relationships between information and ideas efficiently as well as to interact and collaborate with others.
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.9.A - Apply grade 8 Reading standards to literature (e.g., "Analyze how a modern work of fiction draws on themes, patterns of events, or character types from myths, traditional stories, or religious works such as the Bible, including describing how the material is rendered new").
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.10 - Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.

Work Cited
  1. English Language Arts Standards » Writing » Grade 8. (n.d.). Common Core State Standards Initiative. Retrieved July 13, 2014, from http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/W/8/ 
  2. Newingham, B. (2013, February 6). "Choose Your Own Adventure" Writing Exercises. Scholastic Teachers. Retrieved July 13, 2014, from http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/top-teaching/2013/02/choose-your-own-adventure-writing-exercises