For day 3 of my writing camp at CBIS international school in Korea, we focused on mapping out our heroes’ journeys as they searched for their boxes and other treasures. We started by examining some of the common elements of fantasy settings and then together brainstormed a map in which a hapless hero (in this case, ME) went in search of a treasure. My students had quite a lot of fun during this activity, adding obstacles to get in my way. By the end, I had fallen into a pit, was whirled away by a tornado, and was even hunted by one of my students who had taken on a Gollum-like form.
This exercise really helped them understand how complications are intrinsic to a good story. When we were done the group activity, they then made their own individual maps. Here some photos of their work in progress . . .