Years ago, a colleague, Carolyn Tokunaga, drew a squiggle which each student developed into an illustrated story. It was a great success. Together, Carolyn and I created a book, Swirls, Curls, and Wiggly Lines containing 179 different squiggles. It is a highly successful technique for consistently producing uniquely different illustrations and highly imaginative stories.
As each student incorporates the squiggle into a drawing, a story evolves in each mind. And since each story is different, every child is enthralled by the imagination of their classmates. With teacher guidance, students share their stories, the students themselves praising clever illustrations, imaginative stories, and strong vocabulary. By sharing ideas, students teach themselves to write creatively and improve their own skills. These swirls work equally well for grades one through five. Excellent as a once-a-week homework assignment or a spare time activity. The idea has been used successfully by numerous teachers. Students of all ages love them! See first drafts below:
You can draw your own squiggle, curl or wiggly line to get your students started! You'll be amazed at how their creativity flows! For more tips for young writers, click here.