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What you will learn What do characters, writers and readers all have in common? They all experience the story world through the five senses. Story setting: Orients the audience and writer in both the story world and the character’s perspective. Is shown through the character’s five senses. This is because characters, writers and readers all …

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What you will learn In this video we first recap the learning in Module 1: The Story Engine. Then, we discuss what to expect in the second module of True Story Training for K-12 Teachers. You are asked to complete a course feedback quiz on your learning experience. This will help us to address any …

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What You Will Learn: The education research is clear: children better comprehend and enjoy reading stories if they know how stories truly work. In this lesson, we will review the simple questions that your students will use to unlock the deeper purpose, meaning, themes and structure of stories they read. The great news is, these …

7. How to Boost Reading Comprehension (O/D) Read More »

What to do: In this lesson, you will find two topics: The Struggle; The End. When you are ready, please click on The Struggle (below) to continue. What You Will Learn: Writing down the desire line is the simplest and most engaging way to write a compelling story . The desire line drives narratives from …

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What You Will Learn: As story expert Kendall Haven says: “Character motivation is the most underrated and underused of the effective narrative elements”. The great thing is, this story element easily unlocks the deeper theme and meaning of stories children read and write. In fact, children can write theme into their stories, and understand the …

5. It All Comes Down to WHY (O/D) Read More »

What You Will Learn: There’s a world of difference between a definition of narrative and a definition of effective narrative. First up in this lesson, you will learn how a definition of effective narrative will make teaching story writing and comprehension so much easier. How? Because effective narrative is built on a number of concrete, …

4. Why Understanding Effective Narrative is Crucial for Teachers (O/D) Read More »

What You Will Learn: If there is one thing the education scientists and story industry experts agree on, it’s the amazing power of character goal. The enduring and widespread popularity of goal-driven stories certainly supports this view. Discover how character goal will make your job as a teacher so much easier. See character goal in …

3. Character Goal: Everywhere and Every When(O/D) Read More »

This Bonus Lesson is optional This bonus lesson is designed for educators who want to learn more about why meaning is the best way to engage young readers and writers. If you want to learn more about why meaning-based narrative writing and reading comprehension is crucial to authentically engage readers and writers – and the …

2. What Do Young Readers and Writers Want? (O/D) Read More »

Current Progress What to do: Important: Download and print the course materials. To do this, click the MATERIALS tab above, then click on the link to the pdf. It will open in a new page. Watch the video below. A quiz is linked to the content, so please pause the video if you need to. …

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Desire is what your hero wants in the story, his particular goal. A story doesn’t become interesting to the audience until desire comes in to play. John Truby, Author of the Anatomy of Story This is Lesson 1 of the NESA-accredited teacher professional development course: The Story Engine – Effective Narrative Made Easy. What you …

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Talent, enthusiasm: not required The evidence shows that explicit instruction in the effective narrative rules boosts K-12 students’ story creation and reading comprehension outcomes and enjoyment. It does this by teaching them to write and read like authors do. How do authors write? It’s very simple. They are taught to create the stories they want …

True Story Training for K-12 Teachers: Introduction and Overview Read More »

What you will learn In this video we first recap the learning in Module 1: The Story Engine. Then, we discuss what to expect in the second and third modules of True Story Training for K-12 Teachers. You are asked to complete a course feedback quiz on your learning experience. This will help us to …

8. The Final Chapter Read More »

What You Will Learn: The education research is clear: children better comprehend and enjoy reading stories if they know how stories truly work. In this lesson, we will review the simple questions that your students will use to unlock the deeper purpose, meaning, themes and structure of stories they read. The great news is, these …

7. How to Boost Reading Comprehension Read More »

What to do: In this lesson, you will find two topics: The Struggle; The End. When you are ready, please click on The Struggle (below) to continue. What You Will Learn: The desire line is the complete story engine. It drives narratives from beginning to end in a logical way that authentically engages and satisfies …

6. Writing and Reading Down the Desire Line Read More »

What You Will Learn: As story expert Kendall Haven says: “Character motivation is the most underrated and underused of the effective narrative elements”. The great thing is, this story element easily unlocks the deeper theme and meaning of stories children read and write. In fact, children can write theme into their stories and understand it …

5. It All Comes Down to WHY Read More »

What You Will Learn: If there is one thing the education scientists and story industry experts agree on, it’s the amazing power of character goal. The enduring popularity of goal-driven stories certainly supports this view. Discover how character goal will make your job as a teacher so much easier. See character goal in action in …

3. Character Goal: Everywhere and Every When Read More »

What You Will Learn: There’s a world of difference between a definition of narrative and a definition of effective narrative. First up in this lesson, you will learn how a definition of effective narrative will make teaching story writing and comprehension so much easier. How? Because effective narrative is built on a number of concrete, …

4. Why Understanding Effective Narrative is Crucial for Teachers Read More »

Current Progress What to do: Download and print the course materials. To do this, click the MATERIALS tab above, then click on the link. Watch the video above. A quiz is linked to the content, so please pause and replay the video if you need to. You are also encouraged to take notes. The information …

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