If you are looking for sparks and a writing challenge for your students, here is a cool website that will give us and our students an instant writing challenge.
With Writing Sparks, as a teacher, choose your age group and decide what sort of spark you are looking for. A story, a news article, an opinion or a poem? Then, you choose the time that you want your students to work. And the website gives you a spark. For example: “Imagine that a Spying Giraffe comes to visit you at school. What would happen?” Then the students have two minutes to take notes and discuss about it. Here, you can choose your students to work in pairs, in groups or you can do that activity as a whole class.
Once you start planning, the tool gives the students more prompts such as adverbs, nouns, verbs, adjectives, characters, settings, starters, problems and etc. Then, the students start writing their story and the tool goes on helping them giving clues to complete it.
A neat, nice tool to use in different levels for creative writing activities.
cross-posted at ozgekaraoglu.edublogs.org
Özge Karaoglu is an English teacher and educational consultant in teaching young learners and teaching with web-based technologies. She is the author of Minigon ELT book series, which aims to teach English to young learners through stories. Read more of her ideas about teaching English through technology and Web-based tools at ozgekaraoglu.edublogs.org.