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Finding Story Ideas Through Observation

Finding Story Ideas Through Observation

Shared by: Brian Wilson

Who are you: I advise the yearbook and newspaper at Waterford (MI) Kettering High School, as well as our newspaper’s website, murmurnews.com. I also teach AP Language and Composition.

Briefly describe the lesson you are sharing: In this one-class-period activity, students have an opportunity to observe what happens in a randomly selected spot somewhere in the school. They are instructed to take notes on what they see, hear, and smell. After 15 minutes, they report back to the room, write the beginning to a story based on their spot, and then share their stories with the class.

Download: Here is the instruction sheet Brian uses for an exercise with his newspaper and yearbook staffs. He says the exercise generates some great story ideas for both staffs.

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