By Teresa Klepinger
Susie's eyes grew round. "Emma, I thought that, but I didn't say it. I swear." "I heard you plain as day." The two locked eyes as Emma slowly drew her hair back one more time and began to wind the rubber band around the ponytail. Just as it snapped into place, Emma heard her sister's voice. "You're really freaking me out." Only this time, Emma realized Susie's lips never moved. And then...
Three one-page writing prompts—each in the form of a "cliffhanger" story-starter—that build to a climax, but are left unfinished! When the story get to "And then..." at the end of the page, it's up to your students to decide how the story continues. Includes a step-by-step process to help students unlock their imaginations, including group storytelling!
Consider holding a storytelling event by staging a reading of the stories. Have each student choose his or her own personal favorite. Make sure each student has the appropriate story-starter page! Allow students time, in class or at home, to practice reading their stories. Set a date for the reading and invite students’ families or other classes to attend.