Awesome Writing App: The Story Spine


My 3rd grade students working with the Story Spine app

The Story Spine is an app that provides a structure for creating a story with a series of connecting sentences that help students understand the overall structure of a good story. The Story Spine is a free app designed for the iPhone, but works just as well on the iPad. What I love about this app is that it giving writers a structure with which to write and even the youngest of students have a great time coming up with stories. You can have students write their own fictional stories or you could have them use this app to write a fun response to something they’ve read or studied in class. Students fill in the blanks and then your story is generated. The only drawback to this app is that there is no way to export a story once finished. One of my students learned the hard way, when he got up to use the restroom he pressed the home button and then when he started the app again, his work was lost. Since I only have my students for a limited amount of time, the students read their work out loud. The kids really enjoyed doing this and it was interesting to them to see how each person had a totally different story with the exact same format.

The Story Spine format

The Story Spine format

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