- Check out National Geographic’s tumblr blog where a different archived photo is posted each day. These make great visual prompts for story starters.
- Here’s a great Flickr blog that accomplishes the same thing.
- Prompts: Begin or End
First, read Joelle Trayers’ explanation of how she used backwards writing prompts with her young students.
You can give students the choice to end a narrative with a prompt, such as the (very) short story “Knock”. The entire story reads:
“The last man on Earth sat alone in a room. There was a knock on the door…”
That’s it…the whole story. You could also use proverbs, idioms, or other sayings as the beginning or ending point of class narratives.
If any of these worked for you in your classroom, I’d love to hear how they turn out!