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July 9, 2015

Sometimes it takes just a little creativity to get reluctant writers to open up. These collaboration exercises will engage all students - reluctant and eager writers - and encourage them to work together toward a common goal.
  • Working on creative writing? Try this collaborative story exercise. Students take turns writing a story, but they only see the last sentence of the paragraph written before theirs. Read the story at the end of the exercise and ask the students what they enjoyed about the exercise and what they found challenging about it. 
  • Do you have students who are having difficulty deciding what to write about? Try this Give One Get One strategy. This works in all subject areas, but would be a helpful option with opinion writing.
  • Give students sentence starters or story starters. You may be surprised at what they come up with!
  • This list of 182 questions to write or talk about may be helpful for older students. Use these to lead class discussions that precede a writing assignment, or ask students to tackle the topics as an essay. 

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