These 35 story starters will capture the attention of any reluctant writer. Each writing prompt has a large photo and a weird story starter. Odd characters tell each story: a ladybug, a snake, a lost ring, a hungry hawk, a beetle, a squirrel, a mouse, a honeybee, a bird, a surfacing worm, a leaf, a squirrel, an eagle, a lizard, a hummingbird, a scorpion, a grasshopper, a rock, a raccoon, an ant, a flower, and more. Your students must think differently when they’re writing from the perspective of a critter that lives its entire life underground (a worm) or one that spends much of each day in the skies (an eagle). These activities are much different from the typical first person, human perspective story writing. This is new, different.
The first page has a photo of a Painted Lady butterfly drinking nectar from a flower. The prompt says: I heard a voice, very quiet and sad, “Help me, please. Somebody help me.” What threatens her, a hungry bird, an annoyed bee, an amorous suitor? That is for your students to decide, using imagination and creativity and wonder. Another prompt shows a photo of a bird among leaf litter with this prompt: Hopping left and right, she searched for insects to take back to her chicks. But she never saw the snake until it was right beside her.” That would make a thrilling story of danger and survival, of surprise and decisions. Another story shows a photo of a bench nestled among the branches of a large tree with this prompt: The hiker saw the bench and took a seat. He never suspected that I, a nearby tree, would attack. Ha! Imagine your students creating a story told from the perspective of a carnivorous tree. That is different.
You will find lots of imaginative story starters. Take a look at the Preview to see a few samples from this packet.
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Divergent Thinking Writing Prompts
Writing about Nature
Make a List
Descriptive Writing: Butterflies, Birds, Bees and more
Asking Questions about Wildlife
Describe Ten Things You See
Using Nature Photos to Write a Story
Write Opinions about Wildlife
Writing on a Rainy Day
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