Writing Prompts: Spin-a-Story

WriteShop: Spin-a-Story

Can the mouse find its way home from a strange planet? Will the princess discover the secret passageway through an enchanted forest? Why did the tailor end up at sea, overhearing a mysterious plot? And what twists and turns appear in the character’s path? A predator? A storm? A locked room?

NEW! Spin-a-Story printable spinners help jumpstart a creative writing project by providing children with the basic elements of a story—character, setting, and plot. A spin of the pointer determines the story elements and sets a foundation for a  fun and creative writing experience.

Spin-a-Story gives children opportunities to
  • Use their imaginations to create fictional stories
  • Express themselves both verbally and in writing
  • Practice writing stories that have a beginning, middle, and end
  • Incorporate character qualities and emotions into their stories
  • Describe a story’s setting
  • Exciting Adventures! Spinner
  • Animal Adventures Spinner
  • Fantasy & Fairy Tales Spinner
  • Historical Adventures Spinner
Here’s an example from the “Animal Adventures” spinner:
1st spin for CHARACTER: a jungle animal
2nd spin for SETTING: in an abandoned building
3rd spin for PLOT: hears a cry for help
Spinners may be used by students of various ages. Though they are designed for grades 3-8, younger children and even teens can enjoy them too. (Instructions include ideas for using this activity with pre-writers.)

Interested in a freebie? Keeping A Gratitude Journal is available at WriteShop!

Here's a list of recommended reading for 5th and 6th graders:

  • Misadventures of Maude March
  • The Castle Corona
  • Elijah of Buxton
  • The Land of the Silver Apples
  • Ghosthunters (series)
  • Coraline
  • I Am Not Joey Pigza
  • Among the Free
  • Princess Academy
  • The Brooklyn Bridge
  • Everything on a Waffle
  • The Seekers (series)
  • Savvy
  • Keeping Score
  • Higher Power of Lucky
  • Hat Full of Sky
  • Esperanza Rising
  • Holes
  • Invention of Hugo Cabret
  • Baseball in April and Other Stories
  • Mysterious Benedict Society
  • Dragonwings
Looking for more?

  • The Loud Silence of Francine Green
  • Rangers Apprentice, The Ruins of Gorlan
  • Flush
  • Alex Rider Adventure (series)
  • Sisters of the Sword (series)
  • Maximum Ride (series)
  • Hush
Suggested Reading for 7th and 8th Grade Books:

  • King's Shadow
  • True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle
  • Blackwater
  • Face on the Milk Carton
  • Voice on the Radio
  • Midwife's Apprentice
  • Don't Look Behind You
  • Johnny Tremain
  • When Zachary Beaver Came to Town
  • Gentlehands
  • Kiss the Dust
  • Beauty
  • Can of Worms
  • Mary Bloody Mary
  • Ties that Bind, Ties that Break
  • Stones in Water
  • Stalker
  • The Car
  • Library Card
  • Shabanu
  • Homecoming
  • Machine Gunners
  • Dealing with Dragons
  • Stephen Fair
  • Dragon of the Lost Sea
  • Devil's Arithmetic
  • Armageddon Summer

Happy Reading!

Lady D

 “You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me." C. S. Lewis

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