Reading books like C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia or J.R.R.Tolkein’s The Hobbit can be inspiring. Build on that inspiration and help your teen write a myth-fantasy short story in your homeschool!
Write a Fantasy Short Story in High School
Powerful and meaningful communication happens when homeschooling high schoolers think creatively. As C.S. Lewis says, “Creativity is our soul’s organ of meaning”.
Homeschoolers can enjoy a powerful creative experience by writing a short story in the myth-fantasy format (the genre of The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis and The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien). By following the myth-fantasy “formula” familiar to the story tellers of ancient times and modern writers like Lewis, teens will sharpen their creative skills while thinking about friendships, different kinds of people, and ideas worth fighting for (like their faith).
Advanced Guide to Short Story Writing: Myth-Fantasy by Vicki Tillman, a downloadable pdf e-text, ushers homeschoolers with a substantial short story experience through a delightful 5-week writing process that includes how-to’s and grading rubric:
Week 1: What is Myth-Fantasy?
Week 2: “Getting-Started Ingredients” of a Myth-Fantasy Story
Week 3: “Make-it-Happen Ingredients” of a Myth-Fantasy Story
Week 4: “Closing Ingredients” of a Myth-Fantasy Story
Week 5: Pulling the Myth-Fantasy Story Together
Give your homeschooling high schooler the creative tools he/she needs for more meaningful communication!