“a zoo at night” “a thief” “no one wants to help your character”
Those are the three story components given to me by the Interactive Plot Creator found at Writing Fix just in case I could not think of a story to write on my own. Winner of Writer’s Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers 2008 award, this is a wonderful little tool that offers your students a way to get out of the “I don’t know what to write about” slump they always seem to be in. Give it a whirl. Seems to me a neat use of just this feature would be daily/weekly writing time where you put the site up on the VGA and the kids all learn at the same time what will test their creative writing juices. It could even be turned into a circle story where everyone starts their own and passes it to the right after a set amount of time. It would be an interesting twist seeing as everyone has the same three components (setting, character, and plot) yet end up with entirely different stories.
By the way, you will also find plenty of other pertinent tools that will help in your writing classroom:
2) The WritingFix Picture Book Lesson Collection
3) WritingFix for Kids
4) WritingFix’s 6 Trait Homepage
5) WritingFix’s Comparison/Contrast Homepage
6) WritingFix’s Constructed Response Homepage
7) WritingFix’s Right-Brained Writing Prompt Collection
8) WritingFix’s Left-Brained Writing Prompt Collection
9) WritingFix’s Poetry Prompts and Lessons
10) The WritingFix Chapter Book Lesson Collection
This site is created by the Northern Nevada Writing Project which is a part of the National Writing Project. I had a chance to meet these folks a few years back at the NCTE conference in Tennessee. They are extremely dedicated and are focused on improving the way writing is taught and viewed in the classroom. Their tools work write along your NWP, New Jersey Writing, or 6 Traits training. Trust me when I say, this site will change the way your students view writing in the classroom and how you create lessons for your students.