I was inspired to create this assignment as the education pendulum swings. As of now, I have a heavy non-fiction curriculum that is luckily balanced out with novel reading, but I do feel my students are losing some of their imaginative skills with all of the argumentative writing or textual based responses they are composing. Don’t get me wrong --I teach AP Lang/Comp where everything’s an argument and texts are mostly non-fiction, but I also wanted to provide my students with a creative outlet to use description, imagery, figurative language, etc.
While I use this activity with The Storymatic, a set of cards (https://www.amazon.com/Storymatic-Classic-Stories-Booklet-Activities/dp/B004PICKDS) that I received as a gift, this can be applied to ANY journal topics, prompts, etc. If you do a Google search on “Writing Topics” or “Journal Prompts,” you will find a plethora of lists. I would read 5 aloud and grant students the autonomy (similar to what I’ve outlined in the product) to pick 1 of the 5 topics to write about.
Here, you will find the assignment with a holistic rubric, the template to post onto Google Classroom or to print and have students write on instead, and samples.
Hope you have fun! You can see, in the real student samples provided, how much fun they had being carried away with their imaginations! This was something exciting to showcase at my Open House in addition to text-dependent questions, argument/evidence writing, etc.