You may have played games with your students in which the group crafts a story one line at a time. Each student takes a turn adding to the story, introducing characters or situations that build on the contributions of the rest of the group.
Several online sites provide platforms for this type of collaborative storytelling, enhanced with prompts, artwork, and templates. Below are three examples to explore:
Every storium game starts with a world. Each world is made up of story cards. Examples of story cards include: Place, Character, Obstacle, Nature, Strength, Weakness, Subplot, Asset, Goal, etc. These cards give you, the player, ideas for characters, locations, and situations that are appropriate to your story.
A storium game plays out as a series of scenes. The player who begins the game is called the narrator. Their role is to start each scene and give the other players challenges to overcome. The other players in the game each control their own character in the story. Their role is to overcome the narrator’s challenges in fun and interesting ways.
As the game unfolds, the story grows and develops, but within a defined structure provided by the cards.
This tool may be best with older students.
Storybird uses artwork to inspire students to write. By providing images as a starting point, the site helps students jump into a story.
The site offers three story formats:
Picture Book format, where students can put images into a sequence to make a story.
Poetry format gives students trays full of words to select and add to a particular image.
Long Form format also uses images as a scaffolding tool, but each image can inspire an entire chapter, rather than just a few words.
To manage student activities, the site provides Storybird Studio. This tool allows teachers to create assignments for their students. It also has a Review Dashboard that lets the teacher view and sort the students’ stories.
Storybird could be great to use with younger students.
If you liked choose-your-own adventure books as a kid, then consider sharing this interactive story writing tool with your students. The stories created with inkle give the reader choices at the end of each section. What the reader selects determines the direction of the story.
To get an idea of how it feels to read an interactive story, take a look at the example on the inkle website.
This tool would be best for middle school or high school students.
Have you used one or more of these tools?
Do you know of other tools or examples that teachers can use in their classrooms?