Open up a new document in your word processing program. Type one of the following paragraph story starters and complete the story. Your story must be between one and two pages long. Be creative! Remember that all story starters are graded for accuracy, so check your work carefully.
STORY STARTER ONE
Her leg was hurting and she walked slowly up the three flights of stairs. There was a window open on the top landing and a slight breeze ruffled the curtain. There was no bulb in the light fitting which swung gently backwards and forwards, but moonlight shone on the top few steps.
STORY STARTER TWO
The Indian moved soundlessly forward and stopped in the shadow of the lodge pole pine. Shading his eyes he looked for several minutes across the bare landscape of red and yellow rocks and down to the road which wound far below along the canyon floor. Then he saw a movement, the slightest puff of dust, and he began to smile.
Adapted from: http://www.tellingtales.com/
Keyboarding Story Starters
Select a story starter from the following list and write a one-page completion to the story in your computer word processing program. Be sure to check your work carefully before printing.
Once there was a raccoon who never washed his hands before he ate. All the other raccoons would wash their hands and even their food before they ate, but not Ricky ...
One day Frieda and Felix woke up, and their bedroom was filled with bubbles. Where had they come from? They decided to find out. But first - how would they find the door?
Have you ever heard the story about the hunter who went hunting with crooked arrows? All his arrows were crooked, and when he shot them ...
Penny looked up at the grey sky and wished it would rain something fun - like marshmallows - instead of cold, wet raindrops. Suddenly she felt a soft plop on top of her head. She looked up, and she couldn't believe her eyes! It was ...
Paul had never been to a museum before, so he didn't quite know what to expect. That's why he wasn't too surprised when one of the statues leaned over and whispered ...
Everyone else said that Mrs. Lawrence was a spy. But when the Thomas twins peeked through her basement window, they were amazed to see that she was really ...
Long, long ago there lived a tyrannosaurus named Tim, who liked just about everything that started with the letter "t". He lived teacups, tennis shoes and traffic lights. He liked tap dancing, too. But there was one "t" thing that Tim couldn't stand ...
Pamela didn't believe in the Mushroom People until one day she looked at the ground and noticed a mushroom that had a tiny front door on its stem! Curious, she bent down and pressed the tiny doorbell ...
Keyboarding Story Starters #2
Open up a new document in your word processing program. Type the following story starter and complete the story. Your story must be between one and two pages long. Be creative! Remember that all story starters are graded for accuracy, so check your work carefully. The First Boat Ride
Sparkling blue water lapped the side of the boat where Little Joe sat facing his father. Joe was soon to be four and he was a bright toddler. His father explained that it was important to sit still in the boat and Joe did just that. He watched schools of fish darting around nimbly. Once in a while a yellow fish nibbled at the boat and then disappeared.
Sitting close to Mother was Miranda, a tomboy. Miranda was a spry six year old who loved running and skipping jump rope, baseball, soccer and collecting rocks. She knew no fear. Wherever there was any excitement around the school or neighborhood, Miranda was in on it.
Miranda was sitting close to her mother because that was the only condition under which Mrs. James would agree to get in the boat.
"I'm not going to get turned over with you horsing around," Mother firmly explained. "If I go, you have to promise that you'll sit quietly the whole time we're on the lake."
Father chuckled. Miranda agreed and so the family tried out the new boat. It was a pleasant day. The sky was almost cloudless and the spring sun was still far away from the earth to give comfortable warmth.
"What's that long snake doing in the water?" Little Joe pointed as he asked.
"A snake, let me see!" Miranda jumped up at the same time she squealed the words. Mother had no time to stop her. Miranda ran to Joe and leaning over the side of the boat pushed her hand into the water. The sudden movement made the boat wobble throwing Miranda overboard.