Creative Writing Prompts STORY STARTERS ACTIVITY Daily Writing Journal Prompts

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Overcome writer's block and cultivate students' ideas using these free creative writing prompts! Suitable for distance learning with digital worksheets for Google Classroom®.




How to use this resource:

In Zen in the Art of Writing, Ray Bradbury shares his musings on the narrative writing process. Stories exist in all of us - it's just a matter of drawing them out. One way of doing so is to pick a word that comes to mind and use that as the title or inspiration for your next creative piece. This "Adventure Titles" activity facilitates just that!

Use these creative writing prompts for journal writing, gifted enrichment opportunities, snowball writing / "story chains," story starters, or as a part of your creative writing curriculum!

Start this creative writing activity by cutting out the prompts provided. You can fold them in a hat and have students select one at random. There are 33 prompts in total; if you have more than 33 students, you can duplicate some of the entries.

Students can then use this word as the title for their creative writing piece. Alternatively, they can create their own title and use their prompt as the subject of their writing.

Set a timer for this activity or assign it for homework/during a work period. I enjoy providing a short period of time - 15 minutes or so - to encourage students to not overthink and to just get writing.

I find these prompts work best when students have as much creative freedom as possible. You may wish to instruct them to adopt any writing style for their creative piece. Some options include narrative, poetry, dialogue, and stream of consciousness.

You can continue this creative writing activity by having students write their own words to add to the hat!

Teaching Tip:

Pair this activity with a lesson on Natalie Goldberg's "Free Writing" rules from her book Wild Mind: Living the Writer's Life.

This resource is included in Mondays Made Easy's Ultimate Creative Writing Unit. This bundle provides 3 weeks of complete curriculum for your Creative Writing unit and teaches students how to establish setting, develop dialogue, integrate quotations, and overcome writer's block. It includes over 50 writing prompts, interactive activities, mini-lessons, and more!

You might also be interested in Mondays Made Easy's Writing Strategies.


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6 Pages, 18 Google Slides®
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Teaching Duration
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