Welcome to HIT—How I Teach….In this episode, I teachers, parents, and teaching parents how to utilize a model story to teach Twice Told Tales (TTT) short story writing. A Twice Told Tales short story is one in which students are given a model of a popular story and instructed in how to write another tale that has a similar plot and ending but has a different setting, different characters, different obstacles, and more. Twice Told Tales are fun to teach and fun to write!

Here is what I cover in this HIT about the Elves and the Shoemaker TTT for middle school students:

  • How to differentiate a TTT story so that you can span a number of writing levels
  • How to choose model stories for your TTT assignments (based on number of characters, difficulty of plot, and length of story)
  • Teaching students three ways to know when a scene should change (using the model story to demonstrate these)
  • How to offer two different outlining tools for both students who are leery of story writing and those who love story writing
  • The importance of not asking too many new skills of students all at one time (and some things to look for in any program you use to avoid this)
  • Teaching story writing without dialogue at younger grades using indirect quotes instead of full dialogue quotes
  • Much more! 😊

Of course, just like every lesson in my one-month downloadable books and my one-semester Meaningful Composition books, this one also has the invaluable samples—and the model for students to twice-tell from.  

And for your convenience, How I Teach…. is available as a podcast (follow along in your TN sheets for that week) and a YouTube video (with Power Point containing the same as the TN)! 

Note: This lesson came from Write for a Month, Christmas Friends III, a month-long downloadable book available at LAL store AND my stand-alone product, Christmas — Twice Told Tale–The Elves and the Shoemaker (Level III), at my Teachers Pay Teachers store.

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