Spider diagrams/mind mapping helps start them thinking, but also don't worry about a bit of story plagiarism if it gets them started, they soon go off on tangents from their original concept once the brain juice starts flowing. Drawing from experience of course, but encourage them to exaggerate,
so "the supermarket" title the cards offer could begin the mind map as follows, all in the spider flow bubbles. (Can't create it on here)
Shopping, dull, groceries, trolley, fetching bits for mum,
Shopping for a special event, party food, skidding down the aisles using the trolley, getting lost trying to find bits.
Shopping for my birthday party food, skidding down the aisles on the trolley and smashing over a display of sauce jars, running away scared.
Discovering the supermarket warehouse behind the no entry doors, hiding amongst the boxes, getting locked in, over hearing a plot by the manager and the delivery driver to steal all the chocolate hobnobs.
The titles on those cards are a bit dull, but then again the test ones may be? Try lots of sources for titles, but use as many of the card coin devices as possible to keep the story interesting, not worrying about flow until the concept and imagination are in place. Then get the flow right and make sure above all else the tenses stay on track.
I maintain if my ds1 can conquer it, anyone can bless him, and the last story he had to write was for an end of term assessment for year 7 at gs...He ended up writing about a time travelling mobile phone, with the opening scene being the protagonist struggling not to drown in the sea after being pushed in from the end of a pier....all from the given title "I was standing there when suddenly". He got a b3 (b++) and for him, I can assure you, that made him very proud).
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