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Roll A Story: Creative Writing with a Twist

An At-Home Literacy Lesson Plan Crafted by BGCHarlem Literacy Specialist Fabiola Marceline Augustin

Photo: www.itsalwaysautumn


Creative writing gets “rolling” as students activate their imagination to explore further the role elements like weather and music play in expressing bravery and fear in storytelling.

“Roll a Story” uses oral language, creative writing, and improvisation all rolled into one activity.

With every roll, students will discover the impact each element plays in the overall storyline. Youth will master the elements of storytelling while simultaneously

brushing up on their creative writing skills.

If your child cannot read, read the text aloud to them. Ask them the questions and have them respond and/ or solve on a separate sheet of paper. If your child can read, simply give them the second page of this handout and have them read the text aloud or in their head.

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Materials: A partner, blank paper, pen or pencil, Internet access/YouTube

Addresses Common Core Standards:


Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 4 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.


Paraphrase portions of a text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.


Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience in an organized manner, using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace

(You may click here to print the lesson or the student may view the lesson online and write his/her answers on a separate piece of paper)


Roll A Story: Creative Writing with a Twist

Step 1: Use as writing or storytelling prompts

  • Roll the dice to get the story started.

  • Roll one dice at a time and keep adding to the story.

  • Start with a character and end with the plot.

  • Complete your story (add any details you feel might missing) and decide if the theme of your story is Brave or Fearful.

Step 2: Select the song that best matches your storyline of fearful or brave

Option 1

Option 2

Step 3: Read your story with the selected song and decide if it matches.

Guided Question

  • What is the difference between fearful and brave?

  • Can you describe fearful weather vs. brave weather?

  • Which element played the biggest role in deciding whether a storyline is brave or fearless, and why?

  • Which song choice would best be described as brave, and why?

Bonus Question

Did your selected song clip match why or why not?


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