It was a hot day, with temperatures hitting the mid-thirties. I was running the improv storytelling workshop for the Parramatta Riverside's School Holiday program, and due to the scorching sun, only a few kids turned up with their parents in tow.
Rather than the usual storytelling games which get the kids involved, like Pop-Up Storybook (great for the younger kids with little narrative skills) or Word-at-a-Time storyteller (suited more for the mid-primary schoolers), I just got the kids to tell a story using the basic Advance/Extend prompts. Why did I do that? Especially when I could just tell a Forgotten Fable instead?
Because their teachers' feedback were that they needed more work with their composition work, in particular they needed work with details and pace.
So, here's the run-down of the Advance/Extend technique which you can do with your kids as well (and something a bit extra at the end to help).
Now, I played this with the kids, and they did pretty well such that the story actually stayed on topic and had enough flow and detail. However, there was one child who still couldn't get the detail aspect, so I got him to draw a picture.
Just one frame/panel. Not a comic strip.
Then I got him to tell a story again, with everything he needed for the story with that single frame. It worked wonders! It often does for the more visual of us.