Friday, February 3, 2012
My (Almost) Interactive Prompt for Children's Writing
Here's how it works: Go to these dice. Choose the number of dice you want - in this case, three. Roll them by clicking "roll dice". Read the dice numbers from left to right eg 2, 3, 6. Now match those numbers to the prompts below. Find the first number in the first group, the second in my second group and so on.
Group One - Hero
1 a superhero, 2 Baron Von Messyface, 3 Grandma Duck, 4 a kindly magician, 5 twins,
6 a substitute teacher
Group Two - Setting
1 the kitchen, 2 a secret tunnel, 3 a dungeon, 4 a tropical island, 5 the forest, 6 the zoo
Group Three - Problem
1 searching for treasure, 2 a lost shadow, 3 a broken promise, 4 being bullied, 5 an argument,6 no wings
Using 2, 3 and 6 as our result, we see that we need to tell or write a story that has something to do with Baron Von Messyface having no wings in a dungeon. Brainstorm some questions to tease out your story. Who is the Baron? How did he get to the dungeon? If he had wings, would he be able to escape? How can he escape with no wings? Where are the wings right now? What do the wings look like? Can you draw/describe them? Does the Baron have an enemy or any other problems?
When you're sick of my ideas, make new lists of your own. Be as creative, as silly, or as challenging as you like. If your story strays from what the dice dictate, don't worry. The idea with this game is just to get you started.
If you'd like to try a higher tech writing prompt, check out Story Spinner from Bonnie Neubauer I found recently. It gives you a setting, a starting phrase and four words to use in your story.
For more ideas on children's writing, click on the Writing button in my right sidebar.