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Here students formulate a story in the fantasy genre


Language Arts  


6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12  

Title – Creating Your Own Fantasy Story

By – Marissa Marler

Primary Subject – Language Arts

Grade Level – 6-12


    The student will review the characteristics of fantasy literature. Next, they will choose one element from each list in order to compose their own fantasy story plotline. They will also choose a hero name and explain why they chose this name for their main character in the story. They could also choose their major power and lesser power in the story. This would help stimulate their minds in order to formulate a plot line. For the assignment, have the students incorporate at least eight of the elements they have chosen and design a story that is in the genre of fantasy. They will not need to write the story, but rather formulate a couple sentences that explain the major setting, characters, motives, plotline, etc. This is to ensure that they know what fantasy literature is composed of.

    Great Disasters:

    • Tornado
    • Fire
    • Nuclear Bomb
    • Earthquake
    • Natural resources

    • Epidemic
    • Hurricane
    • Flood
    • Ice Age

    Ancient Super-Society:

    • Civilization
    • Ring of leaders
    • Warriors
    • Artists
    • Super-race
    Quest for


    • Immortality
    • Weapon
    • Authority
    • Power
    • Save mankind
    • Super-power
    • Peace

    The Undead:

    • Vampires
    • Zombies
    • Ghosts
    • Threat
    • Mummies
    • Other_________
    Hero Archetypes:

    • Fighters
    • Thieves
    • Magicians/mages
    • Priests
    • Innocent hero

Name ___________________________

    The Enemy:

    • Disease
    • Force of Nature
    • Rising secret society
    • Villain
    • Immorality

    The Conquering Horde/Army:

    • Humans
    • Faeries
    • Dragons
    • Undead
    • Elves
    • Dwarves
    • Magical creatures
    • Centaurs
    • Other_________

    • Utopia
    • Medieval
    • Ancient Civilization
    • Different Culture
    • Modern Day
    • Futuristic
    • Somewhere else in the solar system
    • Other_______

    Fantasy Mega-Races:

    • Elves
    • Dwarves
    • Trolls
    • Giants
    • Goblins
    • Hobbits
    • Other_________
  1. My hero’s name: ________________________________

    What does this mean?


    Why did you choose this name?


  2. Greatest power/deity present in your story: ________________________________

  3. Lesser Powers/Power of Persuasion: ______________________________________

    Now look over all of your selections. Your challenge is to create a plotline involving all of your characters, setting, and themes! You do not have to write an actual story; instead, you should incorporate ALL or eight out of the 12 elements you have chosen! Be creative – nothing is too “stupid.” In order for this plot line to be considered developed enough, you should have at least three sentences – but make sure you have included all of your information!


Marissa Marler


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