- Do you want a unique creative writing activity?
- Do you have reluctant writers who need inspiration?
- Do you need to integrate technology with language arts?
Forms is the answer! Whether you’re using Microsoft Forms or Google Forms, writing a pick your own ending story is a fun lesson that combines computer skills and the writing process in a way that’s sure to excite your students.
To start, students compose a scenario. They could win a prize, go on a trip, hear a noise, or any situation that intrigues a reader. Next, two choices are given for what might happen: choose the red prize box or the blue one, go to the zoo or the beach, or go to investigate or run away. Using Forms, students offer the options. Then they use the feedback option to tell the reader the consequences of their choice.
My friend told me not to go.
I wanted to find out what was in the abandoned building at the end of the road. Everyone said it was haunted. I walked up to the front door. The lock was broken.
What do you do?
- Push the door open and go inside.
- Walk away quickly.
How to Write a Pick Your Own Ending Story Using Forms
- Sign in to Google Drive, pick Google Forms, and in Settings, pick QUIZZES and select Make this a quiz. Remove the checkmarks for Missed questions, Correct answers, and Point values.
Sign in to Office Online and pick a Forms quiz. In Settings, select Anyone with the link can respond. In the Options for Responses area, select Accept responses.
- Add a story title, such as An Unforgettable Day.
- In Form description, type the instructions such as Pick a story ending.
- Add a section to write the story action. Write the first sentence to grab the reader’s attention. For example, My boring day was about to change.
- In the Description, type the story using the first person, or “I” to place the reader in the story.
- Where does the story take place?
- Is there someone with the main character? Who?
- What is happening?
- What causes the character to make a choice?
For example: I was sitting on my porch doing nothing, when I saw a bright flash at the school. I jumped on my bike and rode to get a closer look. I could hear a buzzing sound.
- Design a multiple-choice question that gives the reader two choices. Replace Question with What do you do?
- Add two options. For example:
- I grabbed my phone and called for help.
- I walked towards the sound.
- Use feedback to write the story ending. For one answer, type an ending.
For example: The police and I went inside the school. A science fair project in the gym was shaking. Diamonds were everywhere! A fifth grader had turned gravel into gems!
For the other answer, type an ending.
For example: I saw an alien standing beside a tiny ship. It had two heads with giant fangs. Oh no!
- Add a picture, theme, or heading to enhance the story.
- Preview the story and try both options. Then share it with your friends.
This activity is from TechnoTrivia, available from TechnoKids for both Google Apps and Microsoft Online. Hook your students with a project that integrates technology into curriculum or just make a fun trivia quiz based on a personal interest. Order online and you will receive a Teacher Guide, Student Workbook, sample quizzes to stimulate creativity, assessment tools, parent letter, certificate, and flashcards.
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