In today’s episode I teach one of my favorite beginning story writing techniques—giving students two paragraphs from a familiar story that they get to finish. (In this case, these came from Jump Start I (semester long book) and Write On, Mowgli (one month writing book).)
My students love this project! They can pick any two-paragraph-scene starter from several that I give them. Then they use pre-writing boxes to lay out what they want to happen in the scene/how they want to “finish the scene.”
Even though the story is familiar and each scene ends in a certain way in the original book or movie, the students get to end the scene in any way they want to.
So much fun! So much excitement! So much joy for this teacher!