Adventures in Fantasy

Adventures in Fantasy

Lessons and Activities in Narrative and Descriptive Writing, Grades 5-9

By John Gust

Jossey-Bass, Paperback, 9780787992903, 249pp.

Publication Date: August 1, 2007

"Adventures in Fantasy" offers an exciting approach to teaching narrative and descriptive writing that stimulates a student's creativity and imagination. Filled with mini-lessons, reading projects, and hands-on writing activities, the book shows teachers step-by-step how to introduce students to the "magic" of creating a complete story in the fantasy/adventure genre.

Before fleshing out their stories, however, students are asked to construct actual maps of their 'fantasyland' - and then to write a travelogue describing the setting in vivid detail. This initial fantasizing encourages students to be wildly inventive in creating the drama, ogres, villains, heroes and heroines featured in their story, and on the way they learn about the mythic journey.

About the Author
John Gust is an adjunct faculty member at California State University, Dominguez Hills. He has written several books on enhancing students self-esteem, developing character, multicultural education, systems thinking, and communication skills.