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Story Arcs

posted Nov 26, 2013, 2:42 PM by mdreyfus@ctkschool.org   [ updated Sep 11, 2016, 3:09 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 the story arc for two books. First, for Huck Everlasting. Second, for a book of your choice.

Day 2 - Script Writing

Now that you've identified the parts of story arc of your book, we're going to write a script for a cartoon of the book. It should be simple, easily drawn, and quickly acted.  Remember, a script says what we're going to see, and what we're going to hear. There's no description like in a book, because there's nobody to read it!  Create a Google Doc and write your script. Divide it up by scene, where each scene is a part of your story arc.

Day 3/4 - Cartooning

Finally, create your cartoon! 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.