Writing Center: Build-A-Story with Creative Writing Picture Prompts

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Love using this for my morning bin work, sparks creativity and conversations. I love seeing their imagination with the different prompts! Thank you.
My students love this activity! It is a fun, creative way to get them writing! Also, it takes out the 'I don't know what to write about' questions! :)
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Use this writing center to help your students develop their creative writing skills! Students build a story by picking out a setting, character and event card and placing them on the writing center. Then they write a story about the cards using a vis-a-vis marker (or black dry erase marker) on the wipe off mat (extra writing pages are included for longer stories). Two versions of the center are included. One with dotted lines and one with plain lines. A reference page is also included with over 50 descriptive words for students to choose from to incorporate into their stories. There are 30 settings, 30 characters and 30 events to choose from. That's 27,000 possible story combinations!!! Each card is color-coded (settings = pink, characters = yellow, events = blue) and numbered for your convenience. Use a 9"x12" manila envelope with a clasp to store the center. There is also an optional recording page if you want to grade student responses. *Now includes black and white version of the recording pages and a page where students can draw a picture to go along with their story (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.K.3, 1.3, 2.3 and 3.3). Encourage even your reluctant writers to independently engage in writing while inspiring creativity!


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List of Settings:

S1: Fall Rolling Hills

S2: Beach with Palm Trees

S3: Summer Rolling Hills

S4: Winter Hills

S5: Path through the Woods

S6: Bridge over Water

S7: Pond

S8: Ocean Floor

S9: Classroom (with Chalkboard)

S10: Classroom Reading Center

S11: Swamp

S12: Kitchen

S13: Park with Playground

S14: Airport

S15: Hospital

S16: Church

S17: House

S18: Museum

S19: Stage

S20: Farm

S21: Barber Shop

S22: Outer Space

S23: Flower Shop

S24: Zoo

S25: School

S26: Castle

S27: Police Station

S28: Road

S29: Mountains and Valley

S30: Beach with Pier

S31-33: Blank Sets for Students to

Create their own Settings!


List of Characters:

C1: Boy Pole Vaulting

C2: Boy Surfing

C3: Boy Hiding Behind Tree

C4: Girl Sick in Bed

C5: Nurse

C6: Scientist

C7: Detective

C8: Man and Woman with Balloons

C9: Boy Hurt/Crying

C10: Boy in a Hole

C11: Race Car Driver

C12: Pirate

C13: Girl Twirling a Baton

C14: Girl Singing

C15: Chef/Baker

C16: Firefighter

C17: King

C18: Boy with Squirt Gun

C19: Teacher

C20: Ice Skater

C21: Astronaut

C22: Kangaroo

C23: Killer Whale

C24: Turtle

C25: Ant

C26: Robot

C27: Unicorn

C28: Friendly Monster

C29: Monkey

C30: Lion

C31-33: Blank Sets for Students to

Create their own Characters!


List of Events:

E1: Soccer Game

E2: Dinner

E3: Wind Blowing Leaves

E4: Camping Trip

E5: Birthday Party

E6: House on Fire

E7: Car Swerving to Miss an Animal

E8: Rocket Launching

E9: Thunder Storm

E10: Carnival

E11: Pot Boiling/Burning on Stove

E12: Spilled Glass of Milk

E13: Tidal Wave

E14: Chicken Laying an Egg

E15: Wedding

E16: Baking a Pie

E17: Skateboarding

E18: Fish Fry

E19: Voting

E20: Girl Knocking/Pounding on Door

E21: Car Stuck in the Mud

E22: Girl Swimming

E23: Building a Snowman

E24: Playing Basketball

E25: Leaky Pipe

E26: Mosquito Biting an Arm

E27: Fireworks

E28: Tornado

E29: Blizzard

E30: Wind Blowing

E31-33: Blank Sets for Students to

Create their own Events!


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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to narrate a single event or several loosely linked events, tell about the events in the order in which they occurred, and provide a reaction to what happened.
Write narratives in which they recount two or more appropriately sequenced events, include some details regarding what happened, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide some sense of closure.
Write narratives in which they recount a well-elaborated event or short sequence of events, include details to describe actions, thoughts, and feelings, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide a sense of closure.
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.


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