Here's a great handout from a series of exercises using constrained writing as a vehicle for self-expression and creativity. Using accessible, simple discussion questions, students reflect on how constraints affect their plot development and word choice. Because this activity focuses on the use of fifty simple words, it is especially useful in an ELL classroom. But it is a fun, engaging activity for writers on all levels and abilities, from first grade to senior year!
This storytelling activity is useful for encouraging students to share and critique each other in a friendly, playful atmosphere. Perhaps consider this for an icebreaker or fun activity after a long unit.