Story patterns

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By Pie Corbett poet, author and freelance educational consultant

Original article published on 30 May 2008

Tap into children’s love of rhymes and jokes to help provide structure to their own story writing!

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Many children’s story writing flounders because it has no underlying pattern. The two following activities present a simple way of helping children to find the pattern behind a story by using well-known jokes and rhymes.

1. Nursery rhyme plots

2. Turning jokes into stories


Nursery rhyme plots

Using worksheet 1 ‘Matching rhymes to stories cards’, ask the children to match the lines of the nursery rhyme ‘Humpty Dumpty’ to sections of a story based on the same rhyme. Putting the cards in the correct order will help children to understand how stories are structured.

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