Story Starters & Prompts

Story It
Scholastic's Story Starter Machine
The Story Starter Sentence Generator
Story Starter Jr.
Writing Fix
Promote Thinking with Stories
Online Magnet Links
Links to Idea Generators
Prompts from the Maine Writing Project

Ideas for Stories

21st Century Teaching Ideas for PhotoStory3 Portal
Ideas for Digital Stories Across the Curriculum Portal
  • Create a VoiceThread like this one featuring photos and questions about each that that can be used for ideas.Cog Dog Roo VoiceThread
  • Create a set of pictures from Flickr and show with projector
    • Sunrise- a time to re-energize, start over
    • Road - a theme of travel, movement, going somewhere
    • Despair - devastation, loss of hope, travesty
    • Grandmother- someone special in your life
  • Favorite childhood pet
  • Memorable vacation
  • Place you would like to visit
  • Adventurous thing you have done

Grade Level Ideas

For Elementary Students

  • What you did last weekend
  • Fantasy story
  • Important event in your life
  • Story to illustrate math concepts

For Middle School Students

  • Biography/Autobiography
  • Story about an environmental problelm
  • Story as told by historical figure (Confucius, Joan of Arc, etc)
  • Multiending Story

For High School Students:
  • Fictional narrative
  • Story to illustrate a loaw of physics or scientific theory
  • Create a story that identifies social or political problem

Lesson Plans & Activities

9 MovieMaker Lesson Plans
Web English Teachers Digital Storytelling Resources Eduscapes Digital Storytelling Resources
Technology-enhanced Learning grade level activities
Creating A Digital Documentary8th grade TrackStar
Storytelling Activities & Lesson Plans TrackStar
Links for Teachers TrackStar
Story Arts
PBS Multimedia Storytelling
Story Arts Lesson Plans and Activities


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Our Progressive Stories
Life 'Round Here
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