Story Starters

Starting at the very beginning may be a very good place to start, but it can also be very difficult for emergent writers. Help them get started by providing them with a setting, a main character, and a basic plot.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Make multiple copies of the templates, enough for each class member
  • Laminate the cards to permit reuse
  • Begin by selecting one card from each pile and modeling how to combine these elements into a story
Classroom Considerations

  • Only 10 cards are provided for each element
Pros

  • The prompts are engaging
  • The cards can be shuffled and reused to produce different story starters
Cons

  • None