1. List (on sticky notes or simply a piece of paper) character traits of North Dakota. Think of both positive and negative traits. Try to come up with at least three character traits.
Inspired by the game Taboo, this writing activity is meant to encourage your students to focus on academic language, descriptive terms, and vocabulary terms.
1. Make a list of words that come to mind when you think of North Dakota.
2. Circle the words that have a story attached to them.
Challenge your students or your community to write stories that are inspired from an exit off an interstate or highway.
Write a letter to ND, explaining what you like or don’t like about it.
Try talking to North Dakota as if it were a character and not a place.
Use a picture for inspiration!
Using one of the 1000 Words photos:
Describe the scene
2. Tell a story where the photo scene is the setting
Use these one words (and add your own words) as a jump-start to writing, or as an added challenge, write a snapshot of the word without using the word or typical words associated with it.
For example, if you wrote about a blizzard, you could not use words such as snow, wind, cold, etc. Be creative with your descriptions!