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Celebrate this wonderful time of the year by writing stories in class. There are 12 short story starters included here and an additional 4 blank cards so that you can write in your own as well.
Winter and Holiday Themed Short Story Starters on Task Cards
You can do this in a number of ways.
I’ve done each of the following in the past:
- Give each child a different story starter. You will have to 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 child 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.
The task cards are aligned with the CCSS for grades 5-12 and the standards are listed for your convenience.
There is a dotted line in the task card design to make cutting the cards very easy. You can use regular paper or use card stock and laminate them so that you can use them multiple times.
If you have any questions feel free to ask.
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