In this game, students try to get bingo by brainstorming a variety of experiences that could later be drafted into longer narrative pieces. Take a blank bingo board and fill it with discussion starters, such as: "My most embarrassing moment was ...." or "The thing that shocked me the most was ...." If you're having trouble brainstorming topics, educator Corbett Harrison offers several of his notebook bingo boards for free at Corbettharrison.com.
Students must get bingo by completing and sharing experiences on the board. As a variation, if students have similar experiences on their board, they can add these stories during the game and then mark them for a bingo. The game will motivate students to brainstorm, share and make connections with their classmates. After they play bingo, students can select their favorite experiences to help them write a longer narrative piece, using writing techniques learned in class.