Scholastic Story Starters – Writing Prompts Fun and Games

19 May

Welcome to Monday’s Muse! Every Monday morning of the school term in 2014, Write Away With Me posts a writing and/or storytelling activity that you can try with your class or your children at home.

As promised during  term 2, I’ll feature activities from some of my favourite writing websites. So not only will you have a writing activity to start your week, but over the course of the term, you will collect a host of great websites to inspire your writing program. Today’s activity – Story Starters – comes from the Scholastic site.

Every now and then, we need to add a little novelty to our writing routine – something new to spark our creative interest. Jumping  aboard the Scholastic Story Starters Machine may be just the thing to start your writing week. The link below will transport you to a fun creative writing machine that spins a wonderful mix of story starters!

So how does it work?


First up, your students will choose the genre they would like for their story from options such as adventure, sci -fi, fantasy and more.


Next, students choose their grade level from Grade 1 – 6.


And now comes the fun part- spinning the wheel and seeing just what four random combinations will come together to form a writing idea. Here’s an example: Write a description of an invisible android who is from the future.


Lastly, students choose a format for their writing from options such as Letter / Newspaper/ Postcard or Notebook. They can also choose to include a drawing. The format they choose then appears on the screen and their story starter is displayed.

Scholastic Story Starters is free and comes complete with Teaching Notes as to how this activity could be used in your classroom. It could work equally as an independent or partner activity. This page also has links to many great related writing activities.

Happy Writing!


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