Cornett’s Book Corner
The Creativity Project: An Awesometastic Story Collection would be a great text to use with students in upper elementary and middle school. Its goal is to inspire collaboration, reading, creativity and writing. The editor, Colby Sharp, is the cofounder of the Nerdy Book Club and is currently a 5th grade teacher. You’ll definitely want to check out the Nerdy Book Club’s blog for more great book recommendation ideas, too!
The Creativity Project originated as a way to recognize the excitement around taking ideas and molding them into stories. Colby challenged more than 40 popular authors and illustrators to develop 2 different story prompts. Next, each participant selected another person’s prompt to complete. As you can imagine, the results are very interesting! There are a variety of stories, poems, comics, and illustrations in this text. Additionally, The Creativity Project contains a set of incomplete prompts that students can build their writing off of as well.
Just think of the possibilities. First reading and enjoying the stories in this book as a class could occur. Next, perhaps working whole group to model completing a prompt together would be fun. Then have students select prompts to finish from the story to then edit and share aloud. These could be bound into a classroom book and shared in a classroom library, especially if you see multiple classes of students a day. Lastly, why not start the same project from scratch with your own students originating their own prompts and then completing someone else’s? I’m thinking students could even vote on top submissions and give awards for different categories. I personally like the idea of prompts being anonymous and therefore students would not know who they are connecting with creatively until the end of the project. I also like that students can work at their level or interest area- focusing more on words and art or comics and poetry, too.
Standardized writing prompts seem to sometimes suck the life out of student writing. This project would hit ALL the standards in my book, and in a fun way! The Creativity Project has a five star rating on Amazon– what more could you ask for? GO! Write now!