This product contains small cards for story starter ideas. Students select 1 – 3 setting, character and conflict cards (each in a different bag or bucket). They must then choose one of each that they would like to use to write a story. To begin, I set the timer for 5 minutes. Students are expected to write their story for the entire time. I then collect all the cards, place them back in the correct bag and then allow the students to draw again and start the process over again. You can do this as many times as you wish. I always ask students to share their story with their shoulder partner and then ask for volunteers from the class.
Following the short writing session, I have students choose their favorite story and expand the story. They must now complete a 1 – 2 page story. (Sometimes we just stop with the short writing session.)
I have used this product in my classroom every year. My students always love it and ask to do it again and again. I have added it to my writing center because my students love it so much. At the end of the product you will find another product that I use sometimes in place of the cards.