Creative Writing Starters for Typing Practice

December 18th, 2017 Mike Gecawich

As teachers, how can we foster creative thinking in our classrooms? One of the easiest ways is through creative writing.

And coincidentally, there is a direct connection that can be made between creative writing and mastering typing.

One of the main goals in learning to touch type is to get to the level where you can type as you think.

Touch typists can keep their eyes on the screen rather than their fingers, thus, allowing them to seamlessly get their ideas down on the page.

What better way to celebrate and reinforce touch typing than through creative writing!

Not sure how to get students started with creative writing? Here are some ideas you can use to help spark a creative writing session.

Creative Writing Prompt Ideas

1. Scholastic Story Starters is a fun online tool to help students grades K-6 to jump into creative writing. Students start by choosing a theme such as adventure or fantasy. They then pull a digital lever that randomly generates a creative writing prompt by giving them a format, character, and scenario. (i.e. Write a thank you letter to a humble explorer who saved your spaceship.) The prompt possibilities are endless and an easy place for kids to get started!

2. Have students base their writing on an image. Choose a thought-provoking, perplexing, or interesting photo or piece of art and ask students to generate a piece of writing based on what they see. You can give as much or as little structure as you like. Maybe students need to write a dialogue between the two people in the photo that explains what’s going on.

3. Provide students with creative writing prompts or story starters. There are tons of these online to choose from. Here are a few of our favorites:

  • If you could, would you want to visit the moon? Write a speech convincing your classmates to agree with you.
  • Imagine you were 20 feet tall. Describe what life would be like.
  • Describe your ideal life when you’re 30 years old.
  • Where is your favorite place in the world? Describe it and tell why you love it.
  • Imagine you had a hundred dollars, but you couldn’t keep it. You had to give it away to a person or charity. Who would you give it to? What would you want them to do with it?
  • Invent and describe a new food.
  • What would you do if 300 mice had just gotten out of their cages in a pet shop where you worked?
  • What would you do if you could travel into the past?
  • Invent a monster and describe it. Tell where it lives, what it eats, and what it does.
  • Think about an incident that happened to you and exaggerate in the telling. Make it into a tall tale.
  • What law would you like to see enacted which would help people? How would it help?
  • Be a building you know well. Talk about your life and memories.
  • If you could go somewhere where you’ve never gone before, where would you go and why?
  • Is there a machine you feel you could not live without? Explain.
  • What is it like to go shopping with your mother?
  • If you had to escort a visitor from outer space for a 30-minute tour of your community, where would you begin and end?
  • I really hate it when my mother/father/sibling…
  • It started out as an unusual Monday morning when I…
  • If you could be a character in any book, TV show, or movie, who would you be and why?
  • What would be your ideal job when you grow up? Explain.

Regardless of how you set your students up to get their creative writing juices flowing, throughout it all, encourage students to only look at their computer screens, as the best writing comes from uninterrupted thought.

Once your students are in the creative writing groove, a great way to showcase exemplary student work is with EduTyping’s custom lessons.

Teachers can pick student stories and use them to create custom typing lessons for the whole class.

This is a great way to celebrate writing and students will feel an immense sense of pride when their story is chosen.

Get creative in thinking about how you can develop and reinforce these two essential skills in your classroom!

2 responses to “Creative Writing Starters for Typing Practice”

  1. Ann Edington says:

    Love this idea. I will certainly try it next term.

  2. Carmen Ahlborn says:

    Thank you for these great ideas.
    To start the new year I will try this: I will give to the students a photo of a person. Each student will have a different person (old, teen, doctor, actress, baby, etc) The students should write the new resolutions for that person and they should explain why.

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