On Saturday, she posted about her simultaneous writing idea and I loved it! Read her post here to get all of the information. I did exactly what she suggested. We read "Where the Wild Things Are".
Then at their table groups of six, they each got out a different colour of marker. I gave them each a blank piece of paper. Then I timed about 15 seconds for each person to start drawing their monster. I said: "Markers up!" and they rotated their page clockwise. We repeated the process until they ended up with their own pages. Then I gave them a minute to do any finishing touches. Here is one of them.
Next I gave them each a piece of lined paper. This time I gave 1 minute. They each started to write about their monster. When time was up they rotated the writing and picture clockwise. We kept this up until all six people had a chance to contribute to the story. The originator started and ended his/her own story. Everyone wrote like crazy! There were no students sitting there staring into space saying "I don't know what to write about!" Alyssa, you're a genius!
I love this idea so much and can't wait to do it again!