Then each person is randomly assigned someone else's list, and must create a story including those elements.
This can be slightly altered to use for poetry or playwriting as well.
Often, kids get stuck – confused, exasperated, irritated – putting their thoughts on paper, because they're bored with the same old book reports, essays and summaries.
But one of the only ways to become a better writer is to keep at it whether the assignment is motivational or not. Here are some writing prompts for high school students that may just inspire you or your students to give those ideas rattling around in your brain some room to breathe.
It's much more fun to write if you keep the list items as random as possible and to put them all together at the end.
Don't plan your story prior to creating the list!
You're never going to become a better 3-point shooter if you don't stand behind the line and make the shots. Once you create the list, write a one-paragraph story using each of the four items and a single protagonist of your choosing.
The story has to briefly introduce the protagonist, put him or her through a struggle (large or mild) and resolve the struggle in one way or another.
Sit in a group, and have every person say their full sentence.
You can complete the sentence as yourself or as a character, but the idea is to be honest and respond quickly without overthinking.