Students work together to write a story in silence. Passing each paper around the room, students add one line at a time.
Perfect for the end of the year, before Christmas, Spring Break, or anytime the class deserves a treat (and the teacher gets silence and creativity!). The story harnesses the students' enthusiasm (craziness!), keeps them focused, and actually teaches writing techniques!
The PowerPoint is the basis of the lesson, but I have the EATS lesson plan (tied to the Writing Common Core Standards), as well as the story starter worksheets available. Included in the 20-page packet is 17 Story Starters, a "Notes and Hints" page, and 1 Time-Keeper Sheet.
When I first tried Collab-O-Writing, I made mistakes! For example, I asked the students to begin each story. All of the stories would inevitably contain the same conflicts and characters. If a student read a story where there was an alien, he would add an alien to the next story. Ultimately, every story had an alien. Another example of my mistake would be allowing students to use classmates' names. Not a good idea!
This PowerPoint is such a time-saver- and the Story Starters focus on a unique story. And it's priced to be bought!
Differentiation: Divide class in two groups. Use the same 14 Story Starters within each group to give students the opportunity to see what other students can create using the same story beginning. Then, compare! (Students love this!)
Students will learn how to develop plot, and later... analyze what was effective and what was unsuccessful. This lesson also allows writers to create characters through details and actions.
Common Core Standards Addressed include:
CC6W3- Write narratives to develop imagined events using relevant descriptive details and well-structured event sequences.
CC6W3b - Use description to develop events and characters.
CC6W3d - Use relevant descriptive details to convey events.
CC6W10 - Write routinely over shorter time frames for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.
Some teachers call this activity a "progressive story." Some brilliantly call it "An Exquisite Corpse." Regardless, it is cooperative learning at its finest. And it is a silent activity! SCORE!!
If you love this activity, I have a similar product focusing on Transitions found here:
Collab-O-Writing with Transitions
This activity can also be used right before a narrative writing assignment to give students plot ideas and practice with dialogue.
My current best seller is found here:
Intensive... Subjunctive... The Mood of a Verb
Thank you and ENJOY!