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1. Started Stories
Start your students out with the opening to a story and let them finish it in their own creative ways. You can give them all of the story except the ending or merely start them out with the characters, location, and problem, and let them unfold the story.

2. Backstory
Each student takes a character from the novel and writes about a story in their past. You can define an incident in the past and let the students imagine how the character would handle it or you can let them make up an event for their specific character.

3. Progressive Stories:
Have the students sit in a circle, each with a piece of paper to write on. The students write a sentence (or two or three) introducing a character. They pass their paper one student clockwise. They write sentences describing the location of the character the previous student introduced. The papers are passed clockwise again. The students read about the character and location and then write about a problem that character has. Each time the papers are passed, the students read what has been written and then write more to the story. Lots of fun and laughs when each one gets to read what happened to the character they created!

4. Predictions:
When you stop at the end of a chapter of the novel, ask the students to write their predictions of what will happen next. What will the main character do? Where will they go? What problems will they encounter while they try to fix their problem?

5. Prompted Writes:
Give your students 3 prompts: a character, a location, and a problem. Put them in groups of 3. Ask them for a 100-word story using those 3 prompts in 20 minutes. The prompts will give them a direction to go (it's always easier writing from a prompt than coming up with a story completely on your own), the groups will encourage peer corrections, the word count will give them a specific goal to shoot for, and the time limit will keep them on task.

Writing helps students feel more confident about their new language skills.

Other articles you might be interested in:

Overview of TPRS®
The 3 Steps of TPRS®
Planning a TPRS® Lesson: Determining the Content
Planning a TPRS® Lesson: Designing the Learning Activities


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