Fill in the blank stories are a great way to teach kids how important descriptive words are. In each fill in the blank story or story starter, we’ve taken out key adjectives, verbs or adverbs so children can see just how much the story changes based on the descriptive words you choose. Use with these Awesome Adjectives Lists, Vibrant Verbs Lists, Adverb Lists.
Also try our picture based writing prompts with fill in the blank story starting ideas.
Choose a fill in the blank Story
These are short stories with key words removed and suggestions to help children see how descriptive words change the story.
Completed Fill in the blank Story Samples
Need ideas? See some completed fill in the blank stories.
Using fill in the blank stories to teach
Show how small changes to adjectives and verbs dramatically change the tone of the same basic kids' story:
"The charming, young fairy
+wanted to go to the gnome village
+but a baby dragon got in the way."
"The combat-boot wearing fairy
+ wanted to go to the gnome village
+ but a ferocious dragon got in the way."
Show how better verbs and adjectives enhance the story telling or story writing with more precise detail.
"The boy walked through the forest."
"The exhausted boy trudged through the deep, endless wood."
More Ideas for How to Use Fill in the blank stories
1. With a group of children, have each child complete the same fill in the blank story independently. Once everyone has finished, each child reads his/her story to the class. Children typically love this part-- seeing how different the same basic story can turn out.
2. Ask each child to contribute a word to fill in a blank in the story and see what happens when everyone's words are put together.
4. Try a free creative writing lesson plan that uses these fill in the blank stories to teach the importance of adjectives, action verbs and adverbs.