"Genius is in-born, may it never be still-born."

"Oysters, irritated by grains of sand, give birth to pearls. Brains, irritated by curiosity, give birth to ideas."

"Brainpower is the bridge to the future; it is what transports you from wishful thinking to willful doing."

"Unless you keep learning & growing, the status quo has no status."

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Introducing STORY GRID, another masterpiece from Dilip Mukerjea

Here's another brilliant intellectual creation from Dilip Mukerjea. It's an example of a Story Grid.

In simplistic terms, as I have originally shared with Dilip, a Story Grid is just an idea map to capture all the salient elements that made up the story. In this particular case, Dilip has applied in the case of capturing a short drama.

Because it's visual with all the logical elements in place, as well as narrative in a brisk & concise format, it automatically engenders a gestalt perspective.

A Story Grid is a very handy tool for students to negotiate, say, a piece of literary work.

The easy way to envision a Story Grid in this respect is to arrange, say, a blank piece of A3 size paper, landscape-wise, & create a grid pattern of 8 blocks, with the following flow of sectional headings:

1) The Setting of the Story;

2) The Principal Characters in the Story;

3) Genre & Theme of the Story;

4) Plot of the Story;

5) Important Events in the Story: (Conflict, Climax, Falling & Rising Actions, etc.)

6) Symbols;

7) New Vocabulary/Important Quotes;

8) Learning Points from the Story;

As a matter of fact, a quick Mind Map can also be added to the flip-side of the Story Grid to denote the superordinate & subordinate relationships between principal characters of the story, as well as their individual attributes &/or idiosyncrasies.

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