Do your students moan and groan when it is time for writing? Does it make you sick to your stomach when that happens? Does it make you feel like you are failing as a writing teacher? You are not alone!

Believe me, it happens to the best of us. It is not you! Remember writing is a challenge for all people kids and adults alike. Sometimes I think we teachers of writing place too much pressure on our students to produce masterpiece writing the first time. We need to rejuvenate our writing instruction by letting loose and having some fun during writing! Here are 50 ways to let loose:

  • Fiction/fantasy/adventure stories
  • Favorite movies list
  • Favorite anything list (food, cars, books, video games etc.)
  • Doodling with captions
  • Use pens
  • No punctuation challenge
  • Spell every word wrong challenge (check this out)
  • Write poems
  • Write jokes
  • Random questions
  • Note passing
  • Secret language
  • Write the same thing over and over again
  • Stream of consciousness writing
  • Fan fiction-rewriting a story/movie the way you want it to go
  • Write about challenges of writing
  • Heart map
  • Comic strips
  • Draw pictures with dialogue of favorite book characters
  • Cursive
  • Sloppy handwriting challenge
  • Type on a computer using Microsoft Word
  • Make a presentation using PowerPoint
  • Google Voice Type
  • Google Slides
  • Google anything really (Forms, Docs)
  • Use emojis while writing
  • Use the most tech acronyms challenge (Omg, lol)
  • Write a book in a month challenge
  • Make a Prezi
  • Create a Canva infographic
  • Write as fast as you can race
  • Write as slowly as you can race
  • Text message writing
  • Write blog posts
  • Write a movie script
  • Write a song/rap
  • Create a website using Google Sites or Weebly
  • Write from the point of view of a pet/animal
  • List careers you might want someday
  • Write letters to famous people
  • Write a review of a movie
  • Write about a worst teacher
  • Write about a best teacher
  • Write your own science experiment
  • Write how to annoy___________.
  • Line lifting (pick a sentence or word from a book and start writing from that)
  • Write code
  • Write a social media post (Instagram, Snapchat etc.)
  • Write a disgusting/delicious recipe
  • Write a school/sports cheer/chant
  • Write a video game story/plot
  • Class story (write a sentence and pass the story)
  • Write a play and act it out

Have anymore fun writing ideas!?!? Please leave a comment to let me know!

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