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In this product you will find 24 different short story starters each on their own task card. These short story starters can be used in a variety of ways. I've used them as whole group and individually. I've used this in a creative writing elective and in my regular English class. I've also included 4 blank task cards for you to write in whatever you want.
The task cards are aligned with the common core state standards for grades 5-12
You can do this in a number of ways. I've done each of the following in the past:
✤ Give each student a different story starter. If you have a larger class do some repeats. They have to use that story starter as the first sentence (or in some cases 2 sentences) of their story. If you want to give them a page or paragraph requirement it’s up to you.
✤ Give each student a choice of 2 or 3 short story starters. They get to pick which one they want. They have to use that story starter as the first sentence (or in some cases 2 sentences) of their story. If you want to give them a page or paragraph requirement it’s up to you.
✤ Put students in a circle. Have them each write their short story starter at the top of the sheet of loose leaf and write for a set amount of time (3-5 minutes) and then they pass the story to the next person in the circle. That person then continues the story wherever the other person left off. In the past when I’ve done this the stories have been hilarious. Since I work with older students I have to lay down some ground rules about cursing and school appropriate topics. I had the students share them aloud when I used this method.
I would print the task cards out on colored stock card paper and laminate them so you can use them year after year.
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