Kick Starters

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Sometime the best way to engage students in the writing process is to give them a little nudge. Story starters and must include phrases are a great alternative to themed books.  They create a common and also allow children to tap into their own interests and take their story in any direction they choose. Here are some great ideas that may kick start your imagination and get you started on your publishing journey.


Story Starters

A story starter is a great way to kick start the imagination. While each child begins in the same place it is amazing to discover where their writing journey will take them. Story starters provide a common element that inevitably leads to a unique story.

Here are some story starter ideas:

  • Reflective Story Starters
  • Imagine if
  • I’ve always wondered
  • If I was invisible I would …
  • When I was little
  • When I grow up
  • If I could have any pet I wanted
  • If kids ruled the world
  • I’d like to solve the problem of …
  • I don’t like it when …
  • If I were miniature me I would …
  • If I were a giant I would …
  • I get attention by …
  • As a friend, I can be counted on to..
  • Once somebody helped me by …
  • People hurt my feelings when …
  • A good friend is someone who …
  • School would be better if …
  • If I had a magic ring …
  • I wish I could …
  • One of the best things about me is..
  • My best vacation ever was …
  • Families are important because …
  • The best thing about my family is ..
  • With my best friend I like to …
  • If I could break a world record, it would be for …
  • Topical Story Starters
  • I’ve often asked myself
  • If I were the teacher I would …
  • If I were five years older I would …
  • If I had a million dollar I would …
  • I get angry when …
  • On Saturdays I like to …
  • Something I do well is …
  • I feel silly when …
  • She went into the study and the book lay open…
  • A long time ago when dinosaurs walked the earth…
  • It was pitch dark as he walked around the corner…
  • As she lay alone in bed the thunder crashed…
  • Everyone said the old house was haunted, but…
  • He said yes to the dare and now…
  • When he walked into the room the window was wide open…
  • Even though I protested, we were packing to go…
  • The dog barked as the boat pulled away from the dock…
  • He had never been on a plane before…
  • The game was in the final minutes…
  • The loud noise startled the cat…
  • The movie was so scary that…
  • The little monkey looked up from his meal…


Include the Phrase

Include the Phrase, may be used anywhere in the story. It provides a common thread and a sense of suspense as to when the reader will happen upon the familiar words.

Here are some Include the Phrase ideas:

  • …and then the doorbell rang
  • …suddenly he came into the room
  • …just then I woke up
  • …it was then I discovered I was lost
  • …just then, my parents came home
  • …that’s when I found it
  • …in the morning it was gone
  • …would I ever see my friend again
  • …it was my first time away from home
  • …that’s when I discovered I was all alone
  • …it was just what I had


Story Themes

Themes may highlight celebrations such as a school anniversary, a strong school message like anti-bullying or even tie into the curriculum. You can work to a whole school theme or vary the topics for each grade.

Here are some theme ideas:

  • 5 Senses
  • 100th Day
  • Aboriginal history
  • Adventures
  • Alphabet
  • Anti Bullying
  • April Fool’s Day
  • Australia
  • Australia Day
  • Author Themes
  • Back to School
  • Bats
  • Bears
  • Bodhi Day
  • Book report (favourite book)
  • Camping
  • Caterpillars & Butterflies
  • Chanukah
  • Children’s Book Week
  • Chinese New Year
  • Christmas
  • Christmas (Around the World)
  • Circus
  • Community
  • Dear Diary
  • Deserts
  • Desserts
  • Dinosaurs
  • Dr. Seuss
  • Earth Day
  • Easter
  • Egypt
  • Elections
  • End of the Year
  • Environment
  • Fall
  • Family
  • Farm
  • Father’s Day
  • Fire Safety
  • Folktales & Fairy Tales
  • Food & Nutrition
  • Friendship
  • Frogs
  • Future
  • Gingerbread
  • Grandparents’ Day
  • Hajj
  • Halloween
  • Hanukkah
  • Holidays
  • Homophones
  • Hurricanes
  • Ice Cream Insects
  • Ladybugs
  • Life Cycles
  • Literature Themes
  • Magnets
  • Math
  • Me
  • Months of the Year
  • Monsters
  • Mother’s Day
  • New Year
  • Numbers
  • Nursery Rhymes
  • Ocean
  • Olympics
  • Past and Present
  • Pets
  • Plants
  • Polar Regions
  • Rainbows
  • Rainforests
  • Recycling
  • School Survival Guide
  • School _____ years ago
  • Science Themes
  • Seasons
  • Shadows & Light
  • Sink or Float – Buoyancy
  • Space
  • Spiders
  • Sports
  • St. Patrick’s Day
  • Summer Solstice.
  • Teeth
  • Time Travel
  • Tornadoes
  • Trees
  • True or False
  • Valentine’s Day
  • Volcanoes
  • Wacky Science
  • Wacky Weather
  • Weather
  • Winter Solstice
  • Women’s History
  • Zoo


Cookbook Themes

Themes may highlight celebrations such as a school anniversary or school fete. You can work to a whole school theme or vary the recipes for each grade.

Here are some Cookbook Theme Ideas:

Multicultural cooking: Assign each grade a country. This can even be tied into world sporting events such as the Olympics or the Commonwealth Games.

Cooking for Kids (Food for Fussy Eaters): Share your child’s favourite recipe; something kids will actually eat. They may want to try new things if their friends like it.

Quick Healthy Meals for Busy Families: No explanation needed here.

Cooking Healthy on a Budget

Cook Using Only 4 Fast Ingredients

Best Barbeque Meals

Dinner Party Ideas

A Bit of Everything: Assign each class an item such as fish, poultry, pasta etc.

Biscuits and Slices

Sweet Sensations

Kids Parties: Not just fairy bread, Ideas for fun party foods and cakes.

Finger Foods

Low fat, Low Carbs

Festive Feasts (for Christmas, Chanukah, Birthdays, etc.)