As the end of the school year approaches, one of the most unenviable tasks is the annual locker clean-out.  Cleaning out a locker can lead to all kinds of surprises.  Throughout the course of the year, all manner of things can grow, rot, multiply, and mutate.

In this writing challenge, students are to imagine the worst locker of all time.  It is their job to clean it out.  Unfortunately, the locker clean-out leads to all kinds of surprises.  Before the writing session, you may want to have a brainstorming session of the kinds of strange, exotic, and downright bizarre life-forms that may be found in this locker.

Rather than having this writing challenge turn into a list of items found in the locker, students should use the discoveries as a lead-in to a story relating to those items.  Does something escape into the school?  Does something pull you into the locker?  The other possibility is to have the locker as a portal . . . a portal to where?

After completing this writing challenge, hopefully, your students will never look at their locker in the same way!  That’s how writing transforms writers.