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Creating a Second-Person Choice Story

inspiring student creativity using songs that tell stories

Student Writer Instructions:

Today, you're going to write a choice-based story for your friends to read. Your teacher should take you through (most of, if not all) the following steps...or you can write this story independently:

  • Listen to 1st-Theevil Went Down to Georgia by Charlie Daniels (The Primus version has a great video that can be easily found on the internet.) 2nd- The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia by Reba McEntire (also has a good video). 3rd- Thunder Rolls by Garth Brooks (also has a good video). 4th Love Story by Taylor Swift (has a video as well.)
  • Analyze the stories in the songs for theses vocabulary words: exposition, rising action, climax, resolution, characters, and mood.
  • Study the student examples and notice how they are written as sections and after each section is a choice or an ending. After song one write the beginning of a story. Pay attention to exposition. Write your story in 2 nd person. Keep the description of the main character vague enough that a large audience can fit the role. Create two choices at the end of part one. Keep the exposition short, around 8 to 10 sentences.
  • Analyze song #2 paying attention to the literary devices already mentioned. Be sure to pay close attention to rising complication in this song. Then write complications for the two choices you invented in step 3.
  • Analyze song #3 paying attention to the literary devices already mentioned and this time pay attention to climax and resolution. You can listen to song #4 and analyze at this point as well. Then create an ending for all of the choices you made in the last step. If you want you can add more choices instead of endings and continue the story.
  • Edit your work and share it with a friend.


Genre Choice Ideas for your Story:
Setting Choice Ideas for your Story:
  • Fantasy
  • Horror
  • Historical Fiction
  • Science Fiction
  • Fairytale
  • Folklore
  • Mystery
  • Romance
  • Adventure
  • Or...?
  • Forest
  • City
  • On a ship in the ocean
  • On a mountain
  • Beach
  • Haunted House
  • Jail
  • Hot air balloon
  • Work
  • School
  • Pirate ship
  • Jungle
  • Paris
  • Hospital
  • Desert
  • Grocery store
  • A bus
  • A concert
  • Bedroom
  • Kitchen
  • Farm
  • Or...?



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