Stories Without End
24 open-ended stories to engage students in reading, discussion, and creative writing
by Taylor Sapp
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Pub Date 23 Apr 2018 | Archive Date 30 Oct 2018
Alphabet Publishing, Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), Members' Titles
Stories Without End engages students through intriguing short stories that make them think and wonder. What if we could teleport anywhere in the world whenever we wanted to? Will robots ever replace human teachers? Why are some people optimists while others are pessimists? Where does our personality come from?
Stories Without End also gets students creating with engaging projects. Because the stories have no end, students will have to create their own. They’ll also find themselves writing about one particular character, drawing a scene from the story, interviewing people about the theme of the story, or keeping a dream journal. Each story is also supported with questions and vocabulary activities to introduce the story and followed by discussion questions.
Perfect for teaching reading, creative writing, or discussion. And it’s a flexible resource. Use it as the main book for a month-long elective, as a regular supplement activity, or an occasional treat for the students!
I cannot wait to use Taylor’s book with my students. His “Stories Without End” truly bring reading and writing together as a meaningful activity for lower- to intermediate-level learners in a way that few – if any – tasks do. —Verena Schäfers Sutherland, MATESOL PCC Newberb/Linfield College
I love the variety of topics and levels. The open-ended stories are especially fun and motivating. — Mina Gavell, ESL teacher
Taylor's well thought-out approach to using fiction in an ESOL environment really stands out. Having all the elements for introducing, discussing, and branching out from the reading in a self-contained package is very useful. —Andrew L. Professor of MATESOL, Concordia University, Portland.
The focus on engaging reading and writing materials is really what students need! —David Williams, English Professor, Dhofar University
I like the concept. I’m sure it will meet the objective of encouraging discussion in class. —Christiane Brew, English teacher, www.lotus.consulting
The book was really fun! All the English textbooks I've used had rather boring stories . . . but this is so unique. —Yurie S, ESL student
Average rating from 16 members
I teach reading and writing classes to reluctant readers, and this book is a perfect resource for my classes. At first, I was a bit skeptical about the book since there were only 24 stories provided. However, the different format and the inclusion of pre-reading motivation questions and post-reading discussion questions and activities really make this book stand out among the "writing prompt" books that I've encountered. I also appreciate the diversity in terms of reading levels and genres. I can't wait to try using these prompts in my classes!
This book is a wonderful jumping point for creative writing in the classroom. You could use this book for any age/grade and adapt the expectation of a creative response to suit (ie. Tell me (verbally) how you would finish the story, write what happens next in a journal entry, or finish the story).
The pre reading ideas are short and help to set up students for thinking through how they would expect the story to end. The endings are left wide open and leave lots of room for creativity.
Every classroom should own a copy of this book. Heck, All of us who journal or write for ourselves should won this book! I love the idea of story prompts. They come in really handy when you hit a writers block. This books has loads of story prompts to use with students in a class or just for yourself for inspiration. I am sure I will add this one to my to buy list in the coming year.
Fascinating book on teaching reluctant readers how to write. Contains stories meant to be expanded with vocabulary and intriguing questions on which ending they would prefer.
These creative writing exercises for kids remind me of the “choose your adventure” books, except the kids to get to write/finish their own story. With all of the prescribed five paragraph essay requirements for kids in school these days, it’s refreshing to see more organic teaching methods and prompts for kids to get their creativity flowing. I especially like the “After You Read” sections after each story. Great idea for a book!
I loved the stories and ideas in this book, definitely will be found in our library for me or other teachers to use as a resource. I hope more editions like this come out for next year.
Short stories that get one asking 'what if?' and helps you to continue writing the story giving it the ending you desire. I loved the exercises, it helped kick start my flow of writing.
Thanks Netgalley for the eARC.
I loved create your own ending books as a child and this book is even better than those. Stories Without End engages students through very short but intriguing stories which leave space to create your own ending. Each story has introductory questions and vocabulary activities, and is followed up with discussion questions. This book is a very flexible resource which can be used for many different types of creative writing or discussion assignments.
*I received an advanced reader's copy of this book in exchange for my honest review