Everyone loves April Fool’s Day! (Don’t they?) Well, writers certainly do, because there’s nothing funnier than writing about a wild prank. (Isn’t there?) In honour of April Fool’s Day, here’s a writing challenge to get those creative ideas flowing.

  1. Before doing the Writing Challenge, be sure to go to your Bonus Word List Manager, look in the “Shared” tab for the April Fools! Bonus Word List, then copy it into your own set of Bonus Word Lists. Don’t forget to assign the April Fools! Bonus Word List to your class. (No fooling!)
  2. Also before the writing session, have a brainstorming session with the class for words they think should be added to the April Fools! Bonus Word List. You can add to the April Fools! Bonus Word List by going to your Bonus Word Manager, clicking on April Fools!, then add the words students suggest.
  3. Here are some prompts the writers many want to use to get started:

    When I woke up, realized I had been pranked! I could tell, because…

    The week leading up to April 1st was the worst week of my life! It began on Monday, when…

    Usually, Kelly was the school prankster. This, year, I decided to seek revenge by..

    It was going to be the ultimate prank! I decided to…

    Here are some step-by-step instructions for the best April Fool’s prank ever. First, you have to…

    Sometimes pranks backfire, like the time I…

    Or… start your story without a prompt.

  4. Be sure to have a sharing session after everyone’s had a chance to write their stories. This may be especially useful for teachers, giving them a ‘heads up’ for potential pranks to expect on April 1st!