Consider going on an idea scavenger hunt. First, create an ABC chart. Then, fill in the graphic organizer and collect your writing ideas. After you've exhausted all ideas in your head, walk around the school to gather more. When you see something you would like to talk about, jot it down. Be sure to include both fiction and nonfiction ideas on your chart.
Students should create their own topic list. This is an ongoing list; be sure to add to it as the year progresses.
When a students says he/she doesn't know what to write about, your response could be, "Well, then I guess you won't be talking today because writing is simply talking on paper." :)
A Sample of My Writing Ideas:
- A: Ann Taylor, Albuquerque, NM, Anniversaries (20 years on Nov. 18)
- B: Boys, Brain-Based Certification, Baskets (Longaberger), Books, Birthdays, Blogging
- C: Creative Memories, Cruise to Cozumel, Coca-Cola and the Coach Store in Vegas with Lori (Cheesecake Factory too), Costume Party, Cooking, College Life (being the mother of a college student), Cross Country (being the mother of a junior-high cross country runner)
- D: Daisy, my Golden Retriever; Denver, CO; Diamonds, Dusting, D. Reid (yes, she's a friend, but she deserves her own category)
- E: Express, Exercise, Education
- F: Friends, Family, Fair, Farm in Buffalo