Creative Writing Story Prompts

KS2 / early KS3 imaginative / descriptive writing story starters cards in a dyslexia-friendly format. Although originally designed for reluctant writers and those with additional support needs (ASN / SEN) in Year 5 and 6, they can be used across a range of abilities and ages to spark ideas for imaginative stories. They can be used as warm ups, early finishers activities and as a framework for free writing sessions. Each of the 20 A4 cards features a visual element (photo / picture stimulus), a starter sentence or part-sentence to help launch children into their fiction / narrative writing, some prompt questions to get ideas going, a word bank and some suggested openers to add variety to their writing. A box at the bottom reminds pupils to read their work aloud, check for full stops and capital letters and common spellings. These story generator cards contain a range of subjects and genres including sport, mystery, humour, fantasy and historical.

UK and US English versions included, with spellings and references to ‘full stops’ and ‘periods’ etc amended as appropriate.

They have been designed to offer maximum support for dyslexic learners and those with similar barriers to learning. The Verdana font and spacing used are both dyslexia-friendly and the pastel background colours are designed to reduce glare. Both the UK and US cards are also included with the background colours removed and could be used if printing on pastel paper or card.

Although they could be used to support the writing of a full story, the cards work well as a regular tool to support struggling writers in one-to-one or small group sessions, where pupils write a few sentences inspired by the prompts, without worrying about completing a story. There’s plenty of variety so children could choose the cards that appeal to them.

I hope these save you some time and help your learners experience success in writing. Many thanks. You can also get this resource in a range of great value BUNDLES (see below).

You might be interested in these fun resources for developing children’s variety of sentence structures and vocabulary:
Improving Sentences (Uplevelling Trails)
Super Sentences (Complex Sentence Writing Activity)
Sensational Sentences (Complex Sentence Writing Activity)

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Created: Jun 15, 2017

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