Want your students to be excited to write? Check out this awesome app!

Friday, September 15, 2017 / Leave a Comment




This year making my students better writers isn't just one aspect of my job as an English teacher, it's become a bit of an obsession. I am on a quest to find a way to help my students, who are largely struggling (and often unmotivated), writers discover their unique voices and how to channel that voice into interesting writing that breaks free from the formulaic rules we've been trying to teach them unsuccessfully for so long.

I'm reading like mad and always on the hunt for good ideas. And today I found this:


This simple site starts with one emoji. It's totally random so it might not be a smiley emoji. One time it will be a cow emoji. Another time, a ladybug. 

student writing writing prompt excited to write fun fresh ideas

I tried this with my students today and they went wild for it! I displayed the first emoji and asked them to start writing a story about it. After two minutes, I added another emoji. Some students groaned. Others got excited as they figured out what was going on. A few minutes later I added another. At the end, I had put up 5 emojis, my students had written practically non-stop for 15 minutes, and they were desperate to share their writing with each other. 

IT. WAS. AWESOME!

student writing writing prompt excited to write fun fresh ideas
You KNOW you want to hear the stories your students would come up with for this one!




Give it a try and then stop back to let me know what awesome writing takes place!



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