It is nearing the end of the year and I am trying to think of ways to keep my kids motivated to write! (p.s. how are some people already out of school??! #jealous) One of my favorite things to do is take photos...so that inspired me...a Photo Story! I had each student take a picture of something on the campus using our classroom iPad, then they wrote a personal narrative about it.
The kids were FREAKING out, excited about this. I had them partner up, and brainstorm what they would take a picture of, then they got to carefully take the iPad and take a photo of it (we have a VERY durable case ;) Part of the catch was, that photo had to be incorporated into their story. The whole story didn't have to center around it, but it had to fit into their story somehow.
Not only where their stories amazing, but their photography skills were pretty good too! The front cover of their story was their photo and a little caption about where they took the photo. Their actual story was on the pages to follow.
Another incentive to finish their story is they get to put it up on our writing wall. They feel accomplished, and can pick where they want to put their writing on the board.
If you want a copy of the writing template I used, you can download this freebie HERE! :)