BoomWriter – Schools
BoomWriter is a supremely engaging creative writing website that has students reading, writing and assessing content in ways they’ve never done before!
It’s easy & it’s free.
- The teacher selects or produces his or her own story start, and the students let their imagination and writing skills take over.
- One chapter at a time, the students write, read, and then vote on the submissions they like the most. The winning chapter is then added to the story and the process continues.
- The teacher determines the total number of chapters to be completed, and when the competition is over a new book is ready to be published.
Although this site definitely has an elementary feel to it, as a former French teacher, I immediately started to think about how this tool might be used in a language classroom or even with English Language Learners. I was a bit concerned about the aspect of students voting on the “best” chapter that gets to be the next part of the book, but after watching the video I realized they don’t know whose selection is whose.
The site also includes a sample book that was written with a story starter. I would be very interested in seeing other samples that classrooms have created, as well as how the overall experience went.
Here is the ink to the PDF sample story: