Here are two free games from Teach Writing Without a Pencil. Click on the pdf file for the game you want to print. Please do not print for your friends, however, share this site for them to download their own free copy. You can also print a copy for you principal of the Tell It X2 gamecard. I believe there are some principles of education that are too important to not share. Play these games every day or at least once or twice a week at first. Try the game Tell it X2 before you ask the students to write. Let me know what you discover.
The precursor to writing isn’t reading—it’s storytelling. This doesn’t mean you need to hire professional storytellers to come to your class. That’s fun, but it doesn’t transfer to the writing process. We all know reading aloud to teach reading is mandatory. However, few teachers use these steps in the writing process. Successful education fills in the gap.
Purpose of the Game: Use the best verb anyone can imagine. The judge of the best verb is the teacher.
The goal: All students learn to use active verbs.
Assign both games for the family to play over the holidays.