Sure! I have used the Write Tools curriculum with great success. We combined it with what our school needed from students and it worked very well. We used a picture planner and my kids had to have a beginning, middle, middle, middle, and end. The beginning was all development up until that big moment hit (such as the moment the aliens landed on the playground), the three middles were three different events in the story (like the aliens came to class that morning, their experience at lunch, and how they misbehaved all afternoon.) The end was a way to finish the story. If you are dealing with novice writers, giving them time frame supports can help... like having their story take place during a school day gives them clear times (morning, lunch, pe, afternoon, dismissal) to build events from. Finally, I have students tell their story ideas verbally several times before writing. They tend to elaborate more and more when they talk and it gives them something to work from.
I hope that helps!
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