LEVEL: Intermediate

OBJECTIVES: The students should be able to:

1. write an 8-paragraph narrative
2. illustrate each paragraph inside a story wheel

MATERIALS: Big pieces of construction paper or any board paper the size of a tabloid newspaper, brass fasteners, rulers, pencils, pens, crayons, cut-out circles the size of a CD, chart paper with a big circle drawn on it for presentation purposes, chalk/whiteboard marker, board, easel, marking pens

TIME FRAME: 90 minutes (can be broken down into two sessions of 45 minutes each)


1.) Brainstorm a story with the class so you can model how to write a narrative. Tell them that they should help write the storyline using 8 paragraphs (doesn’t have to be too long). The story can be a fantasy, a fable, an action story, a sci-fi story, a love story,

2.) Write their answers on the board and prompt them to add details by asking questions about how the plot should unfold, how the characters look like, how the characters behave, etc..

3.) Let the class copy the story from the board before they read the finished story aloud.

4.) Put the chart paper with the big circle on the board or an easel. Show how to divide the big circle into eight equal parts. Tell them that they need to illustrate each paragraph inside the wheel. Symbolism can be used. Illustrations should be simple and should not take too long to make. Call volunteers to complete the illustrations. Let them be guided by the paragraphs.

5.) Explain how they will make a story wheel by showing the materials needed and by demonstrating how to do it. Use the brass fastener to place the story wheel on the top portion of the big construction paper. See the picture above.

Note: This can be the end of the first session. As their homework, they should think of a story they would like to narrate and illustrate.

6.) Pair off the students. Each pair will write and illustrate their story. Let the pairs brainstorm what story they prefer to write about. Ask them to make a rough draft first before transferring the final product to the big construction paper. If a student wants to work independently, give him or her that freedom. Move around to help each pair or individual.

7.) Form a big circle and let each pair read the work of another pair by passing the finished project counter-clockwise.