Extreme Writing Basics

“I can’t believe I can write that much,”, “Can we do it again?” How many times have your students said that?…probably never.
What is this variation on journaling that captures student interest and is designed to build the ability to write quickly (fluency) and get ideas fast (ideation)?

Goldie and the Three Hares

The Hare family is having dinner when Goldilocks, fleeing from the three bears, falls down the hole. Having hurt her foot, she remains as a guest, but is a terrible one. How can the Hare family get rid of her? There is a complete set of teaching ideas for this …

Man Riding Chicken

Tell the story of this adventure. What happened before this, what is happening now, what will happen next. Tell a story from the point of view of the chicken. Tell what you know (or have experienced, or both) of animals that humans really can ride on – horses, elephants, camels, …

The Computer Ate My Homework

My computer ate my homework Yes, it’s troublesome, but true Though it didn’t gnaw or nibble And it didn’t chomp or chew. I would guess it was a virus Or it could have been a worm, That deleted every bit Kenn Nesbitt   Homework Stories – problems, likes, hates. Me …

Don’t Cry Over Spilt Milk

Discuss with students what it means – that you should not spend your time worrying over things in the past that can’t be changed or undone. Stories about something in the past you regret but can’t fix. Stories about spilling things, spoiling food, ruining an object – on purpose or …