A way to organize your literature curriculum: Genres.... "Knowledge of different genres gives students useful schemata-frameworks for understanding born of prior knowledge and experience-for story types" (Lynch-Brown, Short, & Tomlinson, p. 247).
Pick a handful of characters from this handy post card, and you'll be off and writing your own epic tale! Great for early finishers. NOTE: Check out the characters before making copies. You may have to eliminate a character or two, depending on your grade level.