Everyone has a story to tell. It’s just up to you to start writing…
This week is national Story Telling week, so we thought we’d give you a few ideas of ways you can inspire your class, your children or maybe just yourself into writing something amazing.
Dig out some old family photographs or simply google ‘old photos’. Print out the images and ask pupils to imagine they are the people in the photos. Prompt them with some questions:
What were they thinking when the photo was taken?
What can they see behind the camera?
Who are they in the photograph with? Parents, siblings, friends?
What did they do immediately after the photo was taken?
2) Writing by Numbers
Split your class into groups. Number every pupil in each group. Each group will write a story sentence by sentence. Number one will write the first sentence, number two the second and so on.. Ask the class to read out their stories at the end of the session. Which ones worked well? Why did they make a good story?
3) Free Writing
Ask every student to write solidly for two minutes. They cannot take their pens off the paper, but can write absolutely anything from what they ate last night to what they can see outside. At the end of the two minutes, ask each pupil to pick a phrase or sentence from their free writing, and use that to start a 100 word story.
4) Sentence Prompts
Take individual sentences from the book your class is studying. Type them on strips of paper and ask each student to pick a strip of paper. They must include this sentence somewhere in an A4 page of writing. Their writing could take inspiration from the original book, or it could be totally different, but the sentence they have chosen must fit in with their new piece of writing.
Fill a bag with random items: an apple, a comb, a fridge magnet, bar of chocolate, TV remote, bunch of keys, calculator, egg timer, a spoon, a pair of glasses. In small groups, ask your students to pull out an item. This item must be the focal point of their story.