KidZone: Creative Writing
Story Writing Questions
Most children have a natural creative streak, but
as anyone who has tried it knows, getting an idea out of your head and onto a
piece of paper can be very challenging! Spark the children's imagination
by providing them with questions about their story before they start
Start with the entire group and
brainstorm or read a non fiction book about a particular subject (ex:
penguins). Divide into small groups and give them questions to
consider (ex: Where will the story be set? Who will be your
characters? How can we make it really interesting? What juicy
words can we use?)
Write a rough draft: Use lined
paper to print a rough draft of your story.
Use full page or half page templates to print your story. Add
You can do a cooperative project by having one student act as author and
another as illustrator. Having a Picture
Story Board for the author to give to the illustrator can help the
process. Or you can have the children swap authored books and let them
illustrate each others. Having a different author/illustrator teaches the
children how people collaborate to publish books.
Provide shelf or cabinet space for a classroom
library. Allow the children to add the final draft of their books
to the classroom library. The children can then read each others
works during quiet reading time.
You can expand the project by having the children write
"book reviews" of each others books. Make sure the
children are instructed to use the "3 stars and a wish" method
when they do their reviews to prevent hurt feelings -- each book review
should consist of 3 positive comments and one "wish"
(constructive criticism). It should also include the title, author
and illustrator of the story.