Plot Roller Coasters: Kids Prepare to Write Fiction

I wish this post could be about how I prepare to help my kids write fiction, but I have to tell the truth.  This was my 13 year old daughter’s marvelous teaching idea that she prepared and carried out on her own.  She is already a wonderful, patient teacher, and she led this project.


As I told you a few weeks ago, the kids are preparing for NaNoWriMo, and have pledged to word count goals toward writing a novel in November.  I intended to do this project with them as I have in the past, but decided I would be neglecting to many other important projects if I started this one.  Therefore, Eden has taken the leading in helping the other kids sign up with the website and decide their specific goals.

She has been studying plot in her English program, and last year she also studied “plot roller coasters.”  Her great idea was to turn this into an interesting art project that would help them plan their writing for the next month.  This was made even better by the fact that the younger kids had their first visit ever to an amusement park this year, and were very impressed by the roller coasters.  After and while drawing their roller coasters, they were able to chart specific plot points on their diagram.


Apparently Max is planning more than one climax to his story, and the lines through the middle show where the characters are going back in time.


Lulu wasn’t sure she wanted her picture taken — she didn’t want anyone to read her work!

These lovely pictures have been taped on the wall where they can be viewed as they start our writing work in November. Some of the other things we have planned to help with National Novel Writing Month:

  • word wars
  • writing marathons
  • dares (from the website)

Stay tuned, I’ll show you what it looks like.  Have you signed up for NaNoWriMo?  Do you enjoy writing fiction or helping your kids create stories?  Please leave a comment below.

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