True Story Training for K-12 Teachers: Introduction and Overview (O/D)


Welcome to Module 1, The Story Engine, of True Story Training for K-12 Teachers.

What to do

  1. Watch the video above. You can pause and replay the video if you need to. The information in the video is also summarised below. This video is an introduction to the course. There is no assessment on the contents. However, you must watch the video in full to progress in the course.
    • Having problems watching the video? Some browsers might need their caches, cookies and browsers cleared to play embedded videos. You can do this in your browser’s Privacy Settings. If you still need help, please don’t hesitate to contact [email protected] to get a direct link to the video emailed to you.
  2. Spend a few moments familiarising yourself with the layout of the course pages. On desktop, the course contents appear on the left. On mobile, they appear below. Your profile button is located in the top right corner. If you need help, please don’t hesitate to contact your tutor, [email protected] .
  3. Sign up here for our private, monitored Face Book group for Write Magic students and graduates. You will get access to free teaching resources, ongoing support and a friendly community of teachers. This group is designed to both facilitate collaboration and provide assistance and resources to help you more easily teach the strategies learned here. If you aren’t on Face Book, don’t worry. Let your tutor know when you email them your task (below), and we will arrange to send you teaching resources via email.
  4. Complete the task (below). In this task, you will introduce yourself to your tutor.
  5. If you have any questions or you need help, please don’t hesitate to contact your tutor, Alice, at [email protected] Alice is here to help you, and no question is too small or too silly.

What You Will Learn

This Lesson introduces the content, philosophy and learning outcomes for:

Module 1: The Story Engine

Nobody can analyse and write effective narratives without knowing how great stories truly work. In this module, you will review the education science and story industry expertise, and analyse examples of children’s fiction. This will enable you to understand and teach the defined and proven elements that combine to make great stories.


Confidently apply the practical methods you will use in the classroom. Teach your students to comprehend, plan and write effective narratives using a single proven method. Your students will do this by learning a single set of narrative rules that are proven to both authentically engage audiences and be easy and engaging to write and comprehend.

Why is this information important?

So that you understand the scope, schedule and outcomes of Module 1, The Story Engine.

SAMPLE Teacher's Manual and Worksheets

This is a sample only. If you are enrolled, the full document will be available to you in Lesson 1.