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Story Arcs

posted Jan 8, 2015, 8:15 AM by mdreyfus@ctkschool.org   [ updated Sep 11, 2016, 3:19 PM by kmcmillan@ctkschool.org ]
Every story has a "story arc" - a series of events that the characters move through, where the narrative tension rises and falls.  To better understand the stories we read and practice crafting better stories, we're going to analyze story arcs from our favorite books and then create a cartoon of those stories.

Day 1 - Understanding Story Arcs

Toontastic will help us understand how story arcs work


In the document below, describe the different parts of the story arc for two books. First, for Sign of the Beaver. Second, for a book of your choice.

Day 2/3 - Cartooning

Next, create your cartoon! Based on your story arc. You're going to draw out your settings and characters, animate them, and speak their parts. You won't be graded on your drawings, so you should spend most of your time making sure your stories are clear and get to the heart of the story arc.

Day 4: Peer Review

Peer Review