First sentences - Write a short, short story (beginning. middle and end) that begins with one of these sentences:
- Horace had a real problem with wart hogs
- Mrs. Felix wasn't so sure what to make of the kid with big ears.
- I thought the coast was clear, but now I wasn't so sure.
- College changed my bother in ways we had never imagined.
- I am a spy, but not the kind of spy you are imagining.
Describe these places:
Write this as if you were a tour director. ("On your right...on your left ... step over here and take a look at....)
- Lonely mall
- Sinister classroom
- Welcoming classroom
- Bizarre Bazaar
- Groovy Library
Imagine that you are:
Write a letter to your best friend describing one of these experiences.
- walking next to Columbus taking your first steps in the new world
- getting shot from a cannon at a small-town circus
- escaping from an island prison
- preparing to deliver your State of the Union speech
- climbing the highest mountain in Antarctica
Rants. Pretend you're one of these people and angrily tell someone just how you feel. You are a:
- teacher who just caught favorite student cheating
- coach who just found out his star player has quit the team
- businessman who wife just ran off with a spy
- spy whose wife ran off with a businessman
- parent whose daughter has just joined a cult
Write a letter describing one of these exciting moments:
- You have just decided to leave your job as a forest ranger and try to make it as an actor.
- You're a cop who has just cracked the biggest case of his life.
- You just learned that you have an identical twin living in Tulsa.
- You have been given a chance to make a lot of money by performing a risky task.
Write a story for children that relies heavily on one of these word trios.
- anger, ant, attic
- daring, doughnut, department store
- fright, foghorn, Finland
- cunning, crow, carnival
- pride, pigs, palace
Write a children's story that "proves" one of these morals.
- Life is fair.
- Life is not always fair.
- Loyalty has its limits.
- We often learn too late.
- People will surprise you.
Write some true stories with these titles:
Write this in the first person, present tense.
- "A Coincidence"
- "Not My Day"
- "Never Again"
- "Not your Usual Classroom"
More true stories - Describe:
- your third grade teacher
- your first best friend
- an employer
Write a short story that ends with this sentence:
- "Now what?" Ruby whispered.
- Life for Uncle Herbie would never be the same.
- "Shut up...shut up...shut up," Gaylord whispered to himself.
- Clancy got ready for the fight of his life.
- When Wilber entered the room, I got up to leave.
Tell the story that led to this headline:
- CLANCY IS FIRED FOR CARING TOO MUCH
- TEACHER BLAMES FIASCO ON MARTIANS
- LUCY FINDS TRUTH IN THE ATTIC
- DOCTOR MAKES A HUGE MISTAKE
- EXPLORER LOSES HIS MAP
Ask students to change a story you have just read. Here are a few possibilities:
- Change the point of view.
- Change the setting.
- Rewrite the first few paragraphs as a children's story.
- Remove a paragraph and then explain how the story has been damaged.
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