This activity works wonders for those students who say, "I can't think of anything to write about." It is an idea bank that works with over 20 open ended prompts. You know the ones they use in those "lovely" state generated tests. We spend a class day filling out the "cheat sheet" together. Every kid can do this! When you finish, students will have over 15 essays to choose from. They already know the story because it is their story! We keep this in our class folder. It works and really boosted our TAKS scores. The majority of my students recieve commended performance.