I have to say that I have some creative boys. They can come up with imaginative stories off the top of their head. Of course, these stories often involve fighting as they are obsessed with the military and weapons. So, I wasn’t sure how the idea of a slightly more directed creative writing approach would be received.
Write Shop provided our family with two different StoryBuilder products ~ World of Animals and World of People. Each ebook comes with pages of cards covering four vital parts to get the writing juices flowing: character, character trait, setting, and plot. The cards can be printed in black on colored paper to separate each element or you can print the words in color. Once I cut them out, I used binder clips to keep each element together and plastic baggies to keep the different collections separate. Just in case you have multiple StoryBuilders and children that do not return items properly, there is notation on each card as to its collection.
Write Shop has suggested using the cards either to allow students to pick and choose by looking through the cards OR to randomly select one from each deck. Personally, I think it is a bit more challenging to do the random selection. Also, the combination you can come up with may lead to chuckles as they can sound very silly. But, if the pairing of drawn elements just doesn’t work, you can always let them draw a new choice.
For getting those creative juices flowing, Write Shop’s StoryBuilders could be just the ticket for your family. In addition to the two ebooks we received for review, they also have World of Sports and a Christmas Mini-builder. The regular StoryBuilders retail for $7.95 while the Christmas one is $3.95. Given the versatility this product provides, the cost is far more affordable than some of the other teacher resources for creative writing.
While I don’t see my boys giving up on their military inspired stories anytime soon, I can see they will continue to enjoy this new avenue for creative writing. Even the youngest can join in be doing his story orally while the older boys write theirs out on paper. Personally, I foresee using the blank cards included in the ebook to spark creative writing on themes from the middle ages. Knights, castles, and maidens that need rescuing could be calling for a new story to be written.
With this product, the sky’s the limit for creative writing!