When I taught 4th grade I loved teaching writing but after several months writing
paper after paper after paper got a tad old and boring.
Thankfully there are now some great online creative writing resources to make
writing FUN and EXCITING for your students!
Scholastic has an AWESOME story starter that allows you to pick your grade level,
(K-1, 2, 3, 4-6) and then generates a creative story starter.
You choose your format (notebook, letter, postcard, newspaper)
and if you'd like to include space for a picture.
Once students complete their writing they can even print it out!
Read, Write, Think has a great Letter Generator.
The Letter Generator helps students learn to identify all the essential parts of a business
or friendly letter, and then generate their own letters.
Once students have become familiar with letter formats,
they are prompted to write their own letter.
Students follow the steps and fill in specific fields in the template
(for example, heading, salutation, closing, signature, and so on).
They can even add a decorative border and postscript to the friendly letter.
The finished letter can be saved, e-mailed, or printed.
ClassTools.net has some fabulous free resources for teachers! One of my favorite is a virtual book that would be great for using after students write a story. Here's how it works: Just click the Add Text button to paste in your text. Then, simply turn the pages by clicking on them. It's a simple and effective way of breaking up a long piece of prose to make it easier to analyze and more fun to read!
Here is an example:
The Delaware Art Museum has provided a great website dedicated to storytelling. On this site, students can picture a story, experience a story, or tell a story.
The Picture a Story provides a great tool for telling a digital story. First, students choose a genre of story that they want to tell choosing from adventure, romance, fantasy, comedy, fairy tale, drama, mystery, western, or horror. Next they choose a famous painting background for their story. Then students add characters (who are also from famous works of art), props, and then tell the story.
In the tell the story section, students type out the story. If they would like to, students can even record the story in their own voice. When students have completed their story, it can be shared via email. What a great way of bringing together art and storytelling!
iBoard is a site full of fabulous resources for teachers and Start with a Character and Start with a Setting are great ones to use for starting story writing.
When students are struggling for a main character to write about, Start with a Character can help to give them a little inspiration. Students can choose a face, an expression, and an outfit for their character. Outfits include: cowboy, caveman, pajamas, astronaut, camper, underwater diver, beach boy, and knight. For students struggling with spelling, you can also add a label to any item on the screen.
When students are struggling for a setting for their story, Start with a Setting can help them to choose one. There are nine settings including: movie set, beach, space, castle, forest, ranch, underwater, mountain, and plains. Once you choose your setting, you can choose many different items and characters for your setting.
The Story Starter Jr. is a fabulous and simple site created by Joel Heffner.
The name tells exactly what the site is- it's a place to get help starting a story.
You simply click a button and it gives you the beginning sentence of a story.
If you don't like that story starter, just click the button again to get a new one!
There is also an original Story Starter site for older kids and adults. What a great way to get kids who are stuck started writing!
ReadWriteThink has a great online flipbook creator.
Simply label the pages and then complete the books using the templates,
text tools, background options, and drawing tools.
The completed flip books can then be printed out in either color or black and white!
Storybird is an absolutely amazing interactive site.
Storybird is a very user-friendly way of combining pictures or drawings and text to tell a story, and then share that story with other people.
You choose images from a huge bank of ready-drawn pictures which also help to provide inspiration for story ideas. The site is very easy to navigate and writing a story is a snap. To write a story you have to create an account but it's super easy and it's free!
One of the greatest things about Storybird is that you can have several students all work on the same story together. Once you are done creating a story, you can either send it to others or embed it into a blog or website. There is a huge library of stories created by others that you can read to get inspiration for your own story.