My second year of teaching, I had a boy who laid down his head and cried every day for a week when it was time to write because he had nothing to write about. It took me almost a full two weeks to convince him that maybe, just maybe he had some stories to tell.
Here are some of my favorite ways to get kids started with writing:
All good stories are good stories because they have strong feelings in them. Instead of starting off with the idea, have your kids think about feelings instead. Read more about this lesson here.
Writing is scary. Drawing isn't. (Except for my drawing. This is frighteningly awful.)
this post to see how I had kids orally rehearse their stories. Did you like that? It was fancy talk for I had them use the picture to tell the story to a partner before writing it. Mention that in your next PD though, and people will think you're really smart.
Let them be boring.
turn their boring stories into interesting stories.
I have wished a hundred times that I could remember where I read this quote. I used it so many times in my classroom because it is The. Truth.