These sites have a variety of writing prompts to help students develop stories. Includes some handouts and PowerPoint presentations. There is a link to an eThemes Resource on paragraphs, and one on the 6+1 writing traits.
Scholastic: Funny Pages
This 5-page PDF lesson plan suggests using comic strips as story starters. Includes a handout with "Garfield" on page 5.
ABC Teach: A Snowy Day
Here is a writing prompt about having a 25-inch snowfall.
ABC Teach: Volcano
Finish this story about a volcano making funny noises.
ABC Teach: Martin Luther King, Jr.
Use this handout to write about your dream.
ABC Teach: Butterfly
This picture of a butterfly can help spark story ideas.
This page has practical tips for creating workable writing prompts for students.
Interactive Writing Prompts
This page has an Instant Plot Creator. Press the buttons to randomly generate a setting, character, and conflict for a story, then let them inspire you to write. NOTE: This site contains ads.
Round Robin Suspense
Students can work together to create suspenseful stories using the prompts in this lesson plan.
eThemes Resource: Grammar: Paragraphs
These sites are about paragraphs and include examples on how to write good paragraphs. Learn how sentences can be arranged to form paragraphs. There are classroom activities and online writing exercises for students. There is a link to an eThemes Resource on sentences.
eThemes Resource: Writing: 6+1 Writing Traits
The 6 + 1 Writing Traits Model gives students and teachers a common language for talking about writing. The following sites have definitions, descriptions, rubrics, and exercises to help students become familiar with the characteristics of good writing. There are many interactive features so students can practice their own writing and learn how to evaluate effectively. There are video clips, prompts, activates, and examples of writing at different levels of accomplishment, as well as eThemes Resources on grammar, narrative, and text structure.