Here is a brainstorming entry in a students journal before we started writing our mythical musical plots. They took one of these ideas and then used it to start their story.
This picture shows one of the musical improv drama games that helped us start out the show writing. As you can see the students were giggling, shy, embarrassed, and excited. Improving literacy and musical skills are enhanced greatly by students confidence and creativity. It is always important to build a sense of community and let the students know that it is safe and encouraged to share without judgment! We did a few games and exercises to facilitate this experience.
This picture shows the beginning of the musical plot formulation. The students each started a mythical story for our musical then passed their paper to a second student. That student added a portion of the story and then passed it to a third writer. The students enjoyed getting their stories back and seeing how the plot turned out. They did find it challenging at times to understand what the previous person was trying to say due to handwriting or an unclear storyline. I believe this will help them in the future to have a different perspective on their own writing and how others perceive it (in a non-grading context).