The Isadora Moon Guide to Writing Stories

Creating your own worlds

“The thing I love most about writing is that you get to create your own little world, and you’re the boss of it. You decide who lives in your world and what they will do. You can take the people in your world on exciting adventures and introduce them to new friends. You can have them fight scary monsters and find glittering treasure, or have them overcome every day challenges like their first day of school. Stories are places where magic and unicorns and dragons can come to life – literally anything is possible!”

Writing stories is my passion. I don’t just do it for my job: it’s also what I do to relax! So I wanted to share that passion with some of the children who have enjoyed reading about Isadora Moon’s adventures. Having a go at writing your own stories is a great next step once you discover an enjoyment of reading. Hopefully, then, the step-by-step writing guide I have put together will be a useful resource to help children (or even grown-ups!) create their own magical worlds. 

The Isadora Moon Guide to Writing Stories

Preview of the Isadora Moon Guide to Writing Stories
Click this image to download the Isadora Moon Guide to Writing Stories

Children have incredible imaginations. They often don’t need any help in coming up with brilliant new ideas for characters and plots. Where they can struggle is in developing those ideas into complete, cohesive stories. 

What I’ve tried to do with this guide is to think about how I went about creating Isadora Moon and all her different adventures. I’ve then taken that process and broken it down into simple stages with activities and suggestions to help you bring your own creations to life. To demonstrate each stage, I’ve also used examples from the Isadora Moon books. 

Writing with Isadora at Home

I think any child old enough to enjoy Isadora Moon (about 6+) will be able to get something from the writing guide, with adult support. Older or more confident children may be able to work through the writing guide independently. What I envisage and hope for this guide is that it is something parents (or teachers) and children can work on together as a project over several days. I certainly don’t think it can be done in one sitting! 

If you’re looking for a shorter storytelling activity, then the story dice at the end of the guide may be just the thing. As they can be used independently of the writing guide, I made a separate sheet for them. This separate sheet has some optional suggestions about the different characters depicted on the dice. You can download the separate story dice activity sheet here.

Isadora Moon Guide to Story Writing Front Cover
You can also click this image to download the writing guide

Writing with Isadora Moon in the Classroom

The writing guide could easily work as a project book in a classroom setting. Alternatively, the exercises within it could be adapted for standalone use. I think the story dice especially could work well  at school, so I’ve put together an interactive teacher’s PowerPoint:

Isadora Moon Story Dice example dice slide
Teachers can click on each picture to make it fill the screen. There are also home and back buttons for easy navigation.
Isadora Moon Story Dice Teaching Ideas Slide
There are some teaching ideas included. These suggest short, medium, and long learning activities.

You can download the standalone story dice sheet here and the teacher’s interactive PowerPoint here. I’ve also put up some other free school resources on this page. I’ll be adding more over time (and prettying up the page) so check back every now and then.

If you do use the dice or writing guide successfully in your school, I’d love to hear from you. You can message me on Facebook or use my contact page

Write on!

If you’re looking for another activity, then you can also try making your own Isadora Moon Mini Books.

Isadora Moon Mini Books Scale

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