Avatar Stories

genabennett's picture
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Oregon Common Core State Standards: 
Lesson Plan Details
1 Week
  • Students will create an avatar using www.buildyourwildself.com
  • Students will choose a background for the their avatar, which will become the setting for their fictional narrative.
  • Students will type a draft using their avatar as the main character and their background as the setting.  The draft will be done on Microsoft Word.
  • Students will incorporate other story elements into their fictional narrative including rising action, conflict, falling action, and resolution.
  • Students will use a revision checklist to revise their draft.
  • Students will use track changes to in Microsoft Word to edit peers work.
  • Computer
  • Printer
  • Internet Connection
  • Microsoft Word

The teacher may want to create an avatar from the site (www.buildyourwildself.com) so that they are familiar with the options when they show the students how to use the program. 


Students will create an avatar using the Build Your Wild Self website.  This avatar will become the main character in the fictional narrative that they will write.  While creating their avatar students will choose a background, which will become the setting for their story. 

Students will copy their avatar into a word document and save it to their H drive using the filename <lastnameavatar>.  Students will also print a copy of their avatar.  They will use the printed copy to refer to as they draft their fictional narrative.

Next students will draft a fictional narrative where their avatar is the main character in the story and the background becomes the setting.  Students will create a plot for their avatar that will include story elements that include a beginning, middle, and end.  It will have rising action, a climax, and a resolution.  The draft will be typed in Microsoft Word.

Students will revise their stories individually using a revision checklist.  A copy of the revision checklist can be found in the attachments. 

Students will edit with a partner.  The partner will read aloud the other student’s work looking specifically for places that do not make sense, places where they need to reread, places in the narrative where the student has been repetitive or needs to explain more thoroughly.  The partner will mark these in the fictional narrative and give advice.  Students will mark their changes and highlight areas for improvement using the track changes feature in Microsoft Word.

If students have no experience with track changes, the teacher should plan ahead to give a tutorial of how to turn on track changes, how to use its features, as well as how to turn it off.  The teacher should also show students how to accept or delete changes that are made to their work.

The student will then make all necessary changes in their draft.

Students will format their draft using 1.5 spacing, a size 16 title with a by line and size 14 font for their text.  Students will copy and paste a picture of their avatar into their final draft.  They will format the picture so the text will wrap around it.  The font selected should be a print style font.

Students will save their final draft to their H drive using the following file name <lastnameavatorstory>.             


The State of Oregon Rubric for Writing will be used to assess students fictional narratives.

Oregon Educational Technology Standards
Creativity and Innovation: 
1B. Create original works as a means of personal or group expression.
Communication and Collaboration: 
2A. Interact and collaborate with peers, experts, or others employing a variety of digital environments and media.
2B. Effectively communicate and publish to multiple audiences using a variety of media and formats.
Career Related Learning Standards
Personal Management: 
CR2A. Plan, organize, and complete projects and assigned tasks on time, meeting agreed upon standards of quality.
CR4A. Maintain regular attendance and be on time.
CR4A. Identify different types of teams and roles within each type of team; describe why each role is important to effective teamwork.
CR4B. Demonstrate skills that improve team effectiveness (e.g., negotiation, compromise, consensus building, conflict management, shared decision making and goal-setting).
Sherri Gheen's picture

The beginning of this lesson allows students to create their own avatar. This brings the interest and motivation to then use what the students have created to write down their story about the avatar. I could easily adapt this entire lesson along with the self-revision checklist for one of our 8th grade writing samples. Thanks for the links in the lesson that is very helpful.

gwensilva's picture

The technique I will be able to transfer is using wwwbuildyourwildself with students to create an "out of this world" character for an imaginative story.  Since I haven't been to this site yet, I don't know if kids take pictures to be morphed, or if they pick from a list of pictures already created (pictures of heads, bodies, legs to put together...)  It seems really exciting!