GRADE LEVEL(S): All grade levels
SUBJECT(S): Language Arts, Writing
Literacy Skill Focus: Writing

20 Sentence Starters…

  1. If I could visit anywhere…
  2. The color blue reminds me of…
  3. My biggest fear is…
  4. Once, I had a dream…
  5. I have a pet named…
  6. If I could fly…
  7. If I could be invisible for a day…
  8. My favorite thing to do is…
  9. When I grow up…
  10. The best day of my life was…
  11. The worst day of my life was…
  12. My favorite book is…
  13. My favorite movie is…
  14. The best kind of ice cream is…
  15. I am really good at…
  16. I wish I was better at…
  17. My favorite type of music is…
  18. The best invention is…
  19. If I were president…
  20. Today, I am going to…

20 Questions…

  1. What is most important to you?
  2. What does it mean to be brave?
  3. If you had to make your own TV show, what would it be about?
  4. What would you do if you won the lottery?
  5. What is the most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you?
  6. What is your favorite pair of shoes?
  7. What is your most prized possession?
  8. If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
  9. If you could invent anything, what would it be?
  10. What is your favorite season?
  11. What does “freedom” mean to you?
  12. Who is your hero?
  13. If you could change anything about the world, what would it be?
  14. If you had a time machine, where would you go?
  15. What is your most vivid memory?
  16. What does happiness feel like?
  17. What happened on your first day of school?
  18. What did you learn about in school today?
  19. If you could change anything about your school, what would it be?
  20. What is your favorite day of the week?

20 Story Starters…

  1. This morning I woke up and was 2 inches tall!
  2. Once upon a time there was a giant named Harry Hubble.
  3. The tornado had destroyed the entire neighborhood but left my house untouched.
  4. There is a dinosaur in my backyard.
  5. Today is the day of the big race!
  6. After last night, nothing will ever be the same in the town of Rocky Grove.
  7. I think I’m in love.
  8. I have been waiting here for four hours.
  9. Every kid in town was scared of Old Man Willis.
  10. Oliver didn’t know which door to open.
  11. Lisa and I were sitting under the willow tree when we heard a big BANG!
  12. Today I got a very unexpected letter in the mail.
  13. This morning I woke up and was 40 years old.
  14. I have a key that can open any door.
  15. Reggie Fisher wears all of his clothes backwards and inside out!
  16. Tom Trimble is the new town hero!
  17. My sister has an imaginary friend named Izzy.
  18. Timmy wanted to climb a mountain but was scared of heights.
  19. Wes fell out of a 10 story building and lived to tell the story.
  20. Last Wednesday, aliens took over the town of Trumble Hill.

20 Story Titles…

  1. “The Bee that Couldn’t Buzz”
  2. “The Color of Anger”
  3. “Kiki the Giraffe’s Big Adventure”
  4. “Where Thunder Comes From”
  5. “The Woman With 100 Purses”
  6. “The Very Cranky Crocodile”
  7. “Gladys Grady, the Cat Lady”
  8. “The 83 Year Old 5th Grader”
  9. “The Wolfman”
  10. “The Tiny Giant”
  11. “The Very Fashionable Fruit Fly”
  12. “The Magic Raincoat”
  13. “Nelly the Nosey Neighbor”
  14. “The Never-Ending Rainstorm”
  15. “The Ocean is Furious Today”
  16. “Where the Sky Ends”
  17. “Aunt Birdy’s Birdies”
  18. “Henry Baker, the Candlestick Maker”
  19. “Year 3001”
  20. “The Other World Inside My Closet” 

20 Random Ideas…

  1. Find a picture and write a story about it.
  2. Think of a color and describe it using all 5 senses.
  3. Find 10 random words in the dictionary, and write a story using all of them.
  4. Write the story of “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” from Baby Bear’s point of view.
  5. Change the story of “Little Red Riding Hood” so that she is bad and the wolf is good.
  6. Take the last line of a poem and make it the first line in a new poem.
  7. Find a random sentence in a book and use it as the first sentence of your story.
  8. Write from the point of view of an object in the classroom.
  9. Write a sequel to a book you have read.
  10. Write instructions for how to do something.
  11. Write a newspaper article with the headline: “Midway Students Saves the Day!”
  12. Write a letter to your future self.
  13. Take a song and turn it into a story.
  14. Write a story that rhymes the whole way through.
  15. Think of two characters from two different stories or books. Write a story with these two characters as the main characters.
  16. Write a story about your favorite character from a movie or TV show.
  17. Write a story about an experience that someone else has told you about.
  18. Write an entire story only using dialogue.
  19. Write about this quote: “We must be the change we wish to see.” –Gandhi
  20. Write about this quote: “When you shoot for the moon and you come up short, you still end up among the stars.” –Les Brown

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