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Story Starters: Creative Writing Prompts for Students

Pick a genre and spin the wheel for a randomized prompt that includes a style of writing, a unique protagonist, and an interesting situation.


PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8

Activity Type

  • Writing Activities
  • Computer Lab Activities
  • Interactive Whiteboard Activities

Ready to get students excited about writing? Story Starters is a fun, interactive tool for computers and iPads that generates writing prompts that include direction on character, plot, and setting.

Your students will love watching the Story Starters' wheels spin. If they want to modify the prompt, they can simply pull the handle on the Story Starters Scrambler to change any piece of it!

  1. First, students choose one of four themes: Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-fi, or Scrambler.
  2. Then, students type their name and select their grade so they will get a grade-appropriate prompt.
  3. Next, they pull the lever to spin the wheels and generate a random writing assignment.
  4. Students choose a notebook, letter, newspaper, or postcard as their writing template. They can opt to include a drawing, too, if they'd like.
  5. Once they’re finished writing in the activity, they can print or download their completed assignment.

Get started.

Learning Objectives

While participating in Story Starters, students will:

  • Discuss and identify what makes a story compelling. They may reflect on their favorite stories and what elements work together to create powerful tales. These may include:
    • strong characters
    • exciting action
    • a surprising plot
    • details about a place you've never been

  • Generate story starters that inspire. Students can choose from several genres to write their stories, including Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-fi, or Scrambler for a random combination. Students produce prompts by using the Spin lever or adjusting one piece of the prompt at a time with the Spin This Wheel buttons.

  • Write a short creative writing piece. Students may choose to use the notebook, letter, newspaper, or postcard templates for their writing and may choose to include a drawing with their story. When students print their work, they are rewarded with a brief animation.

Susan Cheyney

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