Print the following list out for each student. Introduce it as a resource they can use if they can't come up with a writing topic during journal time or at the writing center. Discuss some of the topics, and demonstrate to the class how to write a story using one of the ideas below as a springboard.
Have you wondered about ________...?
Let me tell you about_______...
Have you ever wondered why...?
I like to ________ for many reasons.
I know how to _________. First...
I think _____ was ________ for many reasons.
I just learned facts about...
Let me tell you about...
It's fun to ________. First you...
Many changes happen to __________ as they grow.
My dream school
My dream teacher
What I would like to change about myself.
My idea of hard work.
What I REALLY enjoy doing.
My worst fear is...
A miserable feeling is when...
What happened on my way home from school
What happened on my way to school
What I did last night (or last weekend)
What I am doing tonight (or next weekend)
What really bothers me
What really excites me
What really scares me
What really surprises me
The funniest thing I ever saw was...
The scariest thing I ever saw was...
My favorite movie is _______ ...explain
My favorite tv program is _______ ...explain
My favorite subject is _______ ...explain
My least favorite subject is _______ ...explain
My recipe for goonacke (make up a word)
When my friend moved away
I really hate it when...
I really wonder about...
I remember when I was ______ years old and...
I remember when I first ate _____________ and...
I remember when I first met _____________ and...
If I could fly I would...
If I could chose a time to live it would be ________ ...explain.
When I'm old...
Fifteen things I want to do in my lifetime
Being happy is...
When I get out of school...
My best birthday
My most embarrassing moment
My favorite trip
When I grow up
In 20 years, I will be…
I was most angry when…
My worst mistake was...
My safe place
Three items I would place in a time capsule. Why?
I don't leave home without ______ because...
I woke up this morning the size of a blueberry (feeling like a blueberry, looking like a blueberry, etc.)
I woke up one morning and everything was blue (missing, tiny, different, etc.)
My pet, the shark (snake, flamingo, bear, etc.)
My dog thinks he is president
My pet dinosaur (iguana, kangaroo)
My friend the robot
My talking pen
My magic carpet
Suddenly everyone forgot who I was
The day the food on my plate began to move
The day I became Waldo (or some weird person, famous person, etc)
The day I went bungee jumping (sky diving...)
The day I babysat a monkey
The day I became a cartoon character
The day I caught a porcupine
The day I became a dentist, (rock climber, astronaut, singer, artist)
The day I won power
The day I met the president
The day the teacher was gone and they asked me to be the substitute!
The day my pet fish began to sing (talk, do tricks, etc.)
The day it snowed twenty feet
The day the sun grew
The day the sandwich turned into a _________?
The night the Martians landed
The night before Halloween
The night I saw the Tooth Fairy
The night I saw a monster
The night the lights went out
The year it wouldn't stop raining (snowing)
The crazy day started when I was on my way to school... (downtown, to Grandma's)
A day in the White House
The great flood (earthquake, tornado, etc.)
Suddenly my submarine sprang a leak
The trap door in my closet
While I was walking home from school...
I would use a magic wand to...
In the year 2099...
On planet Zeon...
I heard a noise under my bed
There was a loud knock at the door
As I was walking on the beach...
If I . . .
If I could have a worm farm...
If I could move anywhere in the U.S. (world, state, etc)...
If I could apologize to one person...
If I could make all the rules...
If I could speak to animals...
If I could climb a rainbow...
If I could change shape...
If I could meet anyone in the world...
If I could ride on the Magic School Bus...
If I had a brontosaurus...
If I had 3 wishes, I would wish for...
If I had $1,000,000...
If I had a twin...
If I had an airplane
If I were stranded alone on an island (in an elevator, etc)...
If I were trapped in an elevator...
If I were in a blizzard...
If I were stranded in the woods...
If I were one inch tall...
If I were invisible...
If I were the teacher...
If I were principal...
If I were a fence post...
If I were boiling...
If I were an animal, I would be...
If I were a rock...
If I were a bird...
If I were a pencil...
If I were a movie star...
If I lived in a castle...
If I lived in a cave...
If I lived in a tree...
If I lived in a spaceship...
If I lived underwater...
If I lived on a mountain...
If I won the lottery
If I got to be captain of a boat
Green eggs and ham
Good luck charms
How to make____________
Martin Luther King, Jr.
The Boxcar Children
Junie B. Jones
Nate the Great
Ambulance Squad Members
Using Your Imagination
Pretend you are a raindrop. Where would you land and what would happen along the way?
Write a conversation that a shoe might have with a sock. (circle/square)
If you and your best friend could have a free limo for 24 hours, where would you go and what would you do?
What is a best friend?
You could to travel to any city or country in the world.
Where would you go and why?
Describe a dream that you had. Give as many details as possible.
You have an extra $100,000 to give away, and you cannot spend it on yourself. What would you do with the money?
If you were an insect, what kind would you be and why?
Your mother has just returned from a distant planet and brought you back an alien pet- describe it in detail.
Design your dream house (school, room, classroom, playground etc)
Write a letter to me and tell me what you'd like to learn this year.
Write the direction from your house to school.
Write a description of your favorite toy, room in your house, favorite relative, etc.
If the items in your lunch box could talk, what would they say?
Write 3 questions you would like to ask your teacher.
Write a story called "Meet My ______"
What is your favorite food and how do you make it?
List all the reasons why people need to know how to read.
What do you think would happen if an elephant walked into the schoolyard?
What color do you think love is? Explain your answer.
What color do you think hate is? Explain your answer.
How do you think rain sounds when it falls?
How does happiness feel?