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Keep writing this summer!
Below you will find a list of various optional creative writing prompts to help you continue to refine your narrative writing skills. Within the documents section, there are various resources (i.e. sensory words, describing character emotions, a narrative checklist, etc.) to use to enhance your narratives.
- Suppose you had invented a time machine. Write a story about what you did with it.
- Write a story about trading places with your favorite TV, movie, or rock star.
- One day a spaceship lands on the playground of your school...
- Your shoe must have a story to tell. Tell it.
- Write a story about what it would be like if you woke up one morning with wings.
- On your birthday, a strange-looking lady came to your door and handed you a wrapped present. You rattled it. It made a noise. Write a story about this present.
- One day, as you were petting and talking to your friend’s dog, it answered back! Write a story about this.
- A distant relative bequeathed you a strange ring. As you put this ring on, you discover that it has strange powers. What does it look like? What does it do? Tell a story about this ring.
- The teacher comes into the room and places a bag on her desk and then leaves. The bag moves and wriggles. Write a story about what is in the paper bag.
- Every day you pass a door. It’s always closed and locked. One day, as you pass, you notice that the door is open. You step inside. Write a story about what was on the other side of that door.
- Tell a story about what happened when you traveled on a wagon pulled by horses.
- Imagine you could travel to the future and live there. Think of what you think the future would be like. How different would it be from today? Now, write a story about living in the future.
- Pretend that you lived in colonial times. Think about what your life would be like, how it would be different living more than 200 years ago. Now, write a story about a young person (or yourself) living in George Washington’s day.
- Imagine you woke up one morning and found that you had switched places with a dog or a cat. Think what it would be like. What would you do? Write a story of your day as a dog or a cat.
- What if you had a personal genie who would grant your every wish? What would your life be like? Think of some of the details. Write a story about having a personal genie.
- Imagine you had a car that would take you anywhere you wanted to go for one day. Think of where you went in that car and what you did. Write a story about that day.
- Imagine one morning there’s a knock at your front door. You open the door, and to your great surprise, you find an alien standing there. What do you do? What does it look like? Write a story about your encounter with this alien.
- On your way to school one morning you see a huge truck speeding down the road. Suddenly, the back door of the truck opens and a large, mysterious box falls off the back of the truck. It sits there in the road. What is in the box? What do you do? Write a story about this mysterious box.
- Imagine you had a time machine that would take you only to the past. Where would you choose to go? Think of what you would do there, what it would be like. Write a story of your adventure in the past.
- One day you are sitting under a large tree. An acorn hits you on the head, and you look up. There, on the branch above you sits a squirrel, laughing at you. The squirrel then looks you square in the eye, begins to talk to you, and asks you to return its acorn. What would you do? What would happen if you encountered a talking squirrel? Write a story about the experience.
- Imagine a world where there was no money. What would people do? What would life be like? Write a story about living in a world without any money.
- A little old lady gave you and a friend some magical glitter and told you to sprinkle it on your hair to make something special happen. What happened when you tried it? Write a story about this mysterious, magical glitter.
- One day you and your friends walked up to an old, seemingly abandoned house. You couldn’t see inside due to the dust and cobwebs on the windows. You decide to see if the door is locked. You try the knob, and it turns. The door creeks open as if it has not opened in years... What happens next? What do you find? What do you and your friend do? Write a story about entering that old, seemingly abandoned house.
Mrs. Troy is returning for her tenth year at PPSEL as the 7th and 8th grade History through Writing teacher. She joined the PPSEL community in 2011 after serving as the building substitute, long term Social Studies substitute, English Intervention Specialist, and girls’ basketball coach at a Port Huron, Michigan middle school. In addition, Mrs. Troy is a native of Fort Gratiot, Michigan and graduated from Saginaw Valley State University in 2010. Throughout her time in college, she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education with minors in both English and Social Studies. Also, during her college years she was given the opportunity to work for the America Learns Program working in urban, inner city middle schools as well as grasping the opportunity to spend time in Mobile, Alabama volunteering for Habitat for Humanity.
In her free time, Mrs. Troy enjoys running (even on the treadmill!), reading and writing, playing basketball with her husband, and being with her “smallest student" (her son: Alexander)! Some of her favorite things include: music, dancing, orange coconut water, The Chronicles of Narnia, summer weather, and spending time with her hilarious and devoted family. Furthermore, Mrs. Troy is very passionate about both writing and history and hopes to instill that knowledge and enthusiasm for learning into her students!