Here are 12 Story Starter Prompts to motivate even at-risk students to write. Each prompt has an engaging scenario, and underneath each are 4 or 5 questions that guide the writing of the short stories. Students could also use the underneath questions to create pre-writing organizers and/or outlines. The questions are designed to make students use details. Afterwards, you could determine whether or not students adequately address the questions, basically making them rubrics or evaluation tools.
The story starters will help your students write descriptive suspense stories. The topics include runaway hot-air balloon, being lost at sea, mysterious sights and sounds, looking into the future and more. They will provide beneficial practice for writing responses on tests.
You can assign one story starter at a time to your class and still end up with a variety of stories. You could also cut them apart and have students draw a story prompt out of a hat or bag. If you want to make this a cooperative learning lesson, each co-op group could randomly pull a different one.
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