Goals and motivations

Lesson
Goals and motivations
17 pages
Purpose
Write narratives that feature compelling, coherent character goals and motivations.
Description
Goals and motivations are the engine of any narrative—they propel the characters into action. In this lesson we rewrite snippets from a variety of middle years and young adult texts to explore the difference between wants and goals, how goals fit into the emotion-behaviour loop, what happens when goals are in opposition, and how asking why can lead you to the bedrock emotional need fuelling a character's goal. We conclude with a checkpoint piece in which students write a variation on a snippet from I Am Malala, about a character who wants something, takes action, and then responds to opposition.
Lesson type
Introduction
Genre / Topic
Narrative