Sunday, November 11, 2012

Awesome Free Story Starters

This year, I have been privileged to host an after-school writing club (Budding Authors and Artists) with Mrs. Laura Huff of We love to brainstorm ideas that we think our students will enjoy writing about and creating art for. This is something we did with first, second, and third graders and they LOVED it! For this blog post, I created ten new scribbles to work with. Click on the picture above to receive your copy of these ten scribbles, a mind map, and two types of writing paper.

  • Share the story of Harold and the Purple Crayon to show students that they can create a picture out of a simple scribble.
  • Allow the students to choose one of the ten scribbles.
  • Have students use crayons, colored pencils, or markers to complete a creative picture from the scribble.
  • After students create a picture, have them use the mind map to brainstorm four things about their picture.
  • Choose which of the two writing papers is appropriate to your students and let them write a creative story about their picture using brainstormed thoughts from the mind map.
In our sessions, we had the students write a "sloppy copy" first, allowing for phonetic spelling. We then worked with the students to edit their paper and they then created a final copy. The final copy can be displayed below their completed picture.

The students really enjoyed this activity and it was fun to see how many students created different pictures out of the same exact scribble.

I would love to hear what you think of this activity! If you would love to see how Laura stretches students of all ages with writing, please click on her blog link above.

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  1. Yea!! I'm glad you posted this. I'll have to scan a few final products to send to you so you can post them!

    1. I hope it brought some traffic over to your cool blog site!!!


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