Telling A Story

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Length of Time
40-50 minutes.

When learning about how stories have a start, middle, and finish, a student will dictate a story with these elements using a picture. This activity not only helps to develop a foundation for understanding story grammar and development, but it also stretches and uses the child's imagination.


The student should understand the basic parts to a story: start, middle and end.

Materials Needed

Pictures cut out of a magazine, paper, and pencil/pens.


1. Using a story that the class knows, tell the students that every story has a start, middle, and end. Explain the start- the character wants or needs something. Middle- the character tries to get what is needed or wanted. End- the character gets it.

2. Use one of the pictures and as a whole class tell the story of that picture. Point of the start, middle, and end.

3. Next, give each student a picture or let them choose their own picture.

4. One by one let the students tell their story. Either record it or have an aide write down the story as the student tells it. Help the students as they need it.


Grade on participation. Work with a student until he/she can tell a story using the basic parts.

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