Wednesday, February 4, 2009

WriteShop StoryBuilders

WriteShop StoryBuilders are a fun and easy way to spark your children's creativity in writing. Consisting of cards containing the basic story elements (character, character trait, setting, and plot), your student draws, chooses or rolls for a card from each category. Using these cards as a prompt, he then writes a story. Simple and fun!

For instance, in the Sports StoryBuilder set I drew a cheerleader. She was a moody girl and ended up on stage where tragedy strikes. This could become a story of life change or a comedy of errors. It could be used with a high schooler for creative writing or a pre-schooler narrating a story to you. There are five ideas given for ways to use these cards and I'm sure your children could come up with even more.

These remind me of the plot twist cards we made for National Novel Writing Month once. When someone got stuck, they could simply draw a plot twist card and hope inspiration struck from there. It's a great idea for those kids who say, "I don't know what to write about."

These are purchased in e-book form and have two choices for printing. You can print them on different colored card stock to distinguish between the categories or you can print them on white card stock with colored ink. Two set of cards are provided, one with black letters and one with color. A few different storage suggestions are given as well.

There are currently four categories available; Sports, People, Animals, and Christmas. At $7.95 (the Christmas one is a mini set and is only $3.95), this is an inexpensive way to jump start your children's creative writing.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The boys are doing WriteShop Primer this year and I can't wait to see how they like it!

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