Ever had a day when every writing assignment you can think of feels dull? Here are some options to brighten your days, whether you are facing the dreary days of late Michigan winter or those end-of-school days that seem to last forever.
TeachHub has a collection of video writing prompts that can be just the thing to shake the doldrums away. The prompts often are based on movie trailers, which makes me a bit uneasy (Do I really want to promote this movie?) but many of the related questions provide fine opportunities for both critical and imaginative thinking. For example, one recent video prompt provided suggestions for Groundhog Day, along with a video of marmot habits.
My favorite of the suggested activities was for grades 6-8:
- Make up your own legend involving another animal.
- Identify your chosen animal.
- List at least 5 of the animal’s traits or habits.
- Using one or more of those attributes, create your own legend regarding that animal’s special powers that people should celebrate.
Or how about this preview or Oz the Great and Powerful?
Think about the stories that could be written about people pretending to do magic, or about the difference between being good, and being great.
But you don’t need to stop with TeachHub’s suggestions. You can use your own YouTube favorites to spur creative writing (Don’t tell me you don’t watch silly things occasionally.) Or, with some supervision of the video choices (school or parental) you could charge students with identifying a video of no more than 5 minutes, and developing a writing assignment around it. They could either then complete their own assignment or trade with others. Let the creativity begin! If you try it, come guest blog and tell us all about it.