This Common Core aligned assignment is designed to help students think creatively while collaborating with a group. I use it in my introductory unit for my Creative Writing classes. It makes students use their imagination (which for many juniors and seniors is quite rusty) and work together to come up with ideas to solve their problem. After giving the students a random object, I explain they must come up with twenty ways to use the object that are not the conventional ones. This assignment is the pre-activity to my “What is Creativity to You?” assignment.