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DIGITAL THANKSGIVING WRITING ACTIVITY: ROLL A STORY IN GOOGLE SLIDES™

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The traditional roll a story writing prompt has gone digital with this Thanksgiving themed creative writing activity for Google Slides™ to help students generate ideas!

Check out THIS blog post for more information about these activities and grab a *FREE* activity to try out.

This works the same way as the paper/pencil "Roll a Story" activity in which students form a writing prompt by rolling a die three times: once for the main character, once for the setting and once to identify a problem. From there the students craft a creative story. The beauty of making this paperless is that students can easily edit their work without having to rewrite multiple drafts. They also have the option to work collaboratively with others in Google Drive™.

Roll a Story can be used over and over yet will provide different writing prompts each time students use it!

How it works:

Students roll a physical die or virtual die three times (main character, setting, problem). I linked the virtual die into the speaker notes of the main slide for quick access. Example: If I roll a 3 for a main character, I will drag a green circle to lay on top of the turkey on the main slide. Once an image has been chosen for each category, then students can head to the writing template. Two writing template options are included:

  1. Basic template where students type their story
  2. Template contains a chart where students type in the name of the story elements they rolled. They will type their story in the large text box and then add an image to go along with the story.

There are lots of options for students to add an image on template 2:

  1. Practice copying and pasting the emojis from slide 4 to create a scene (see preview for an example)
  2. Use the built in image search to add an image
  3. Create in Google Drawing, save as png, insert as an image
  4. Use the shapes tools in Google Slides to create an illustration
  5. Students draw a picture by hand and take a selfie holding their picture to add to the slide

Slides come with directions in the speaker notes. They are also set to print on 11x8.5 paper.

A completed example is included in the slide deck.

This product comes as a link in a PDF file. First, make sure you are signed into your Google account. Click on the links and you will be prompted to "Make a Copy". Rename the file to whatever you would like. It will be sent directly to your drive! Disperse to your students via Google Classroom, Google Drive Shared folder, your Learning Platform, etc..

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