One thing I like to do is add some idea starters to my students' writer's notebooks so if my students ever have writer's block, they can easily find a topic to write about. When I give the students their writer's notebooks at the beginning of the year, they will find some idea starters printed on colored cardstock behind the beginning of the year writing paper. Over the first few weeks of school, we fill out the idea starters before our independent writing time starts. These are the idea starters we use:
- Heart Map - Write down (or sketch) all of the people, places and things you love. Add to this map throughout the year as you might have new ideas later on.
- Hand Map - Write down things that you like to do.
- Foot Map - Write the names of places you have been or where you would like to go.
- Neighborhood Map - Draw your neighborhood map. Include your house, friend's houses, areas where you play, and places you like to go frequently. Put stars on places that would be great writing topics. Later, extend this by drawing a map of the different rooms of your house.
- Family Portrait - Draw and label the members of your family. Write some words describing them or things you like to do with your family.
- All About Me - Answer the questions with words and pictures.
If you would like to download my Idea Starters, click HERE. Enjoy!