Workshops - Interdiction
A Story Opening Sequence
Sequence with Interdiction
Teachers: An Interdiction is a prohibition or ban. In
a story, it is when a character is told something that they must not
do. Of course, we know that they will do the thing they're not supposed
to do and that is where the trouble starts. The following activity will
teach students a simple six-part sequence to open a story with an interdiction.
Please maintain our two rules. Stories are nonviolent and original.
Create a Main Character. Once upon a time, there was a frog named Bob.
Tell who the MC lived with. Bob lived with a mouse named Sarah.
Tell where they lived. They lived in a little, red house on a hill.
Tell "One day," what the MC was doing in or around the house. One day, Bob was cooking spaghetti for dinner.
Tell where the other character had to go. Sarah had to go to the store to get desert.
Tell, "Before they left," what they told the MC not to do. Before she left, Sarah told Bob not to use the spice in the blue bottle.
Have 6 students stand in front of the class in two groups
of three. (Adults should participate too.)