Student-Created Writing Prompts

We started today’s classes with the students finishing a story stem below:

  • As I slowly approached the deserted house at the end of the road…

Volunteers had the opportunity to share their short stories and each class voted upon their favorite of those shared.  You can find those stories here (or see them in the post below this one).

The following students’ stories were selected as the best:

  • 3rd Period: Seamus
  • 4th Period: Alex
  • 5th Period: Eddie
  • 6th Period: Chloe

After a brief recap of yesterday’s discussion on the Georgia Milestones, the students voted to see who had the best writing prompt.  They first selected the best prompt per table.  Next, they selected the best per three table groupings, and then decided between the final two.  The students then created a R.A.C.E. chart/graphic organizer to help them structure their thoughts on the top half of their paper.  They then wrote the full response on the second half of the paper.  Whatever was not completed in class was thereby assigned for homework.

A quick “shout out” goes to the following students for having written the winning constructed response prompts:

  • 3rd Period: Seamus and Sam
  • 4th Period: Erica
  • 5th Period: Lynn
  • 6th Period: Maribel

Homework:

  • Read for 30 minutes.
  • Complete student-created constructed response if not finished in class.

PowerPoint:

Student Showcase (Student-Created Stories)

I have to take a moment to brag on my students!  Today, the students were asked to respond to the following prompt:

  • Finish the story prompt: As I slowly approached the deserted house at the end of the road…

All of the ones who volunteered to read had fascinating interpretations of this prompt stem.  Below are some of the most interesting ones shared in class as voted upon by the students themselves.

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3rd Period

Author: Seamus F.

As I slowly approached the deserted house at the end of the road, my heart was pounding as I got closer and closer to the door.  I could feel the sweat beading on my forehead.  As I grasped the handle, it was hard to turn from how much I was sweating.  As soon as I opened the door, I knew I had made a mistake when the man in the room stared at me with his icy eyes and spoke the fateful words.

“Hi, I’m Chris Hanson and this is Dateline NBC’s ‘To Catch a Predator.’  Please take a seat.”

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4th Period

Author: Alex D.

As I slowly approached the deserted house at the end of the road, I got scared and turned around.

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5th Period

Author: Eddie C.

As I slowly approached the deserted house at the end of the road, I felt the adrenaline rush through my veins and I began to shiver profusely.  I tried to open the door, but it was jammed, so I kicked it in with a swift movement and then I froze.  I saw a silhouette and the sound.

“WELCOME TO MOE’S!”

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6th Period

Author: Chloe H.

As I slowly approached the deserted house at the end of the road, I noticed a little girl on the swing outside.  I walked up to her and asked her if she lived there.  She said, “yes–twenty years ago.”