So many times, I ask students to pick an event from their lives and they say, "Nothing exciting has ever happened to me." In Julia Cameron's book The Artist's Way, she discusses writing about your life in five year intervals. I have found this to be a great way to have students brainstorm possible writing topics. This activity is my version of Cameron's narrative timeline for adolescents. It is an excellent activity to do at the beginning of the year--then they can refer to it throughout the year for writing topics.