Story Starters! Motivating Students to Write

Bird Writing with Pencil
Some of my students love to write.
They grab hold of an idea and run with it.
They complain when I give them a sentence maximum.
They beg for more time to write.

And some of my students don’t love to write.
They think writing is laborious.
They complain and whine that they don’t know where to start.
They moan when I give them a sentence minimum.
They sharpen their pencil six times to avoid getting started.

How do I keep both groups happy?

I'm linking up with Jivey for her "Wednesday Workshop"

This week's theme is motivating students to WRITE.

I've come up with a fun activity that motivates struggling writers and encourages proficient writers:
For the activity, each student reaches in a small manila envelope and pulls out a “Story Starter” card. The card has the first sentence of a creative story – it provides inspiration and lets the students’ imaginations do the rest!
Here are some sample cards:

I am also a firm believer in 
I teach my students that writing is a journey and that they need to have a road map of where they’re going before they “hit the highway.”

So for most writing assignments I have them complete a brainstorming graphic organizer (my kids are so used to them they can draw the template in their journals from memory).

You can grab this packet in my TpT store: Story Starters
With the Teacher Appreciation discounts, it's less than $1! 

And, as usual, I want to spread my joy
and give a copy away for free!
Enter HERE - I'll choose a winner at midnight tonight!

Updated Thursday:
Thanks for the sweet comments and to all who entered! Because of the number of entries, I have decided to choose TWO winners!
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Congratulations Ursula and Missy!
A FREE copy of "Story Starters" are coming your way! :)

Don't forget: Tomorrow is "Tricks of the Trade" Thursdays!
This week's theme is...
How do you get (and keep!) your students' attention? How do you minimize transition time so that you can teach thoroughly and effectively?
Can't wait to read your tricks of the trade!
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