NaNo 2017 Is Just Around the Corner!

Today we’re going to warm up our creativity muscles and practice some story prompts.

  • Please open a blank Google Doc
  • Rename it with your name + Week 1 NaNo Prep

You may choose one of the following prompts, or you may come up with your own. Write as much as you can in the time given. Our goal over the next four weeks is to figure out your word goal. Remember, your word goal for National Novel Writing Month is YOUR GOAL, not mine. You are only competing against yourself.

Grades 1-4

  • One day, you wake up and you are two inches tall. Tell me the story.
  • You have two superpowers and one weakness. What are they? Tell me the story.
  • You eat a magic cookie and suddenly you turn into an animal. What animal? Tell me the story.
  • You have the power to make three wishes. What do you wish for? Why?
  • Write about the best gift you ever gave to someone. What was it? How did you choose it?
  • Write about the best gift you ever RECEIVED.


Middle School

  • Imagine you are Egyptian royalty. Ancient Egyptians believed that when people died, their tomb should be filled with things they would want in the next life. What is in your tomb, and why?
  • You are a Great White Shark. Tell me your story. How do you spend your day?
  • Imagine you can travel through time. Where do you go? Who do you meet? What do you see?
  • What would happen if middle schoolers were in charge of the world?
  • Imagine you are on a deserted island. How did you get there? How do you survive?
  • What do you wish other people knew about you?
  • Harry Potter and Luke Skywalker engage in a duel. Tell their story.
  • Write an owner’s manual for pet dragons.

You won’t finish early. We’re going to spend the whole class period writing. If you run out of ideas for the prompt that you chose, go back and give more detail. We want as many words as possible here!


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Middle School Practical

National Novel Writing Month is coming, and we need to get ready. This week we’ll polish some typing skilz so that next week we’re ready to start with our writing prompts!

Typing Club -This website starts you at the very beginning to help you to build good typing habits. How many levels can YOU unlock? Unlock at least TWO, and SHOW ME (this is for your classwork grade – if you don’t show me your progress, I can’t give you a good grade)

Test your typing speed!  How many words per minute can YOU type?

Typing of the Ghosts – type as fast as you  can to make the ghosts disappear!


Extra Credit: If you would like to bring up your grade, you may open a Google Doc, rename it with your name and Extra Credit, SHARE IT WITH ME.

Then write three paragraphs on ONE of the following prompts:

  1. What was the best (or worst) book you ever read. Convince me to read it (or to stay far, far away from it!). Why do you feel this way? Don’t forget to include the title (and author, if you can remember it).
  2. Someone gives you ten dollars. What do you do with it, and why?
  3. Tell me about your dream vacation. It can be one you have already taken, or one you WISH that you could take. Give me details!

Worth up to 15 points. I expect complete sentences, and spelling counts. If you don’t remember how to use Spell Check, just raise your hand and ask me. It’s one of the best things ever invented!

Extra Credit is due next Thursday, October 5th. If you finish it today, let me know, and I will grade it this afternoon. If you don’t receive maximum points, I’ll send it back to you with suggestions on how to max out your grade.

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