It’s hard to make writing fun sometimes. I know, I’ve been there. I’ve picture-prompted and poetry-prompted and current-event-prompted and movie-prompted and advice-column-prompted and every-other-kind-of-prompted over the years. So, I never turn down another trick or tool to keep things fresh and interesting when it comes to teaching writing. I found – and am thrilled to share – a very cool site that would make ME excited to write (so I sure hope it works for you & your students, too.)
The site is Scholastic’s Story Starters. It doesn’t take much explaining, so I’ll just put a few screenshots here to show you how awesome it is…
Okay, I’m jumping back in here for just a moment. At this point, you have a decision to make. If you have used a projector to share this site with the whole class so far, you may want to let them all begin their stories (on paper or computer) based on the class topic that you’ve shown. However, if you really want students to have some real choice, you can put them all on their own computers and have them all log on to Scholastic Story Starters.
This is kind of one of the best parts of this whole site – it actually provides a related form on which the students can create their documents! For instance, if a student chose “newspaper” from the screen above, the next screen would look like this:
So there you have it – Scholastic Story Starters! If you use this site with your class, I would really love to hear how it went! You can follow me on Twitter @kerszi, on Facebook at My Primary Techspiration, and here at my blog at kerszi.wordpress.com. Happy writing!