Students already understand the principles of good storytelling because -- by the time they're in middle school -- they've watched thousands of hours of movies and television.
This approach to writing puts those hours into action -- reinforcing storytelling principles the students already know (but don't know that they know).
“My students used to turn in stories that had a lot of flowery language, but nothing happened. Using this approach, I was able to teach clear lessons that got the students engaged. Students started writing stories where 'something happened'.
-- Middle School English Teacher