Story Starters For Science Fiction Story

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Grade Level
High School
Length of Time
45 minutes and homework

The students will be given some ideas for story starters that are related to Science. For example, one story starter might be: I developed a time machine that took me to the past.

They are to write a science fiction story and submit their papers to you for grading.


To understand science fiction stories
To develop a science fiction story from a story starter
To be creative

Materials Needed

The worksheet I have included in this lesson
Pens and whiteouts
Notebook paper


First, you will copy the worksheet I have included in this lesson so that each one will receive a copy. Then, you will explain to them that they are to choose one story starter and develop it into a science fiction story to submit for grading. Science fiction stories are stories that are fiction, but they use some aspects of science. For example, they might select a period of history and write a short story with them being the main character. They could develop something that would take them back to the past and describe what they see. They can use the worksheet for notes. They will need notebook paper to write their science fiction story.

Worksheet of Story Starters

Directions: Select one story starter from the list and develop a short story.

1. I found myself traveling back in time to the period of 1912. I stopped and wondered how I traveled back in time.

2. Suddenly, I woke up and found myself thirty years older and in the future. What happened to me, and how did I arrive? 3. I invented a machine that took me back to a different century where there were Indians and cowboys. I was scared out of my wits, but.... 4. The machine I invented took me to the future for one day, and then I traveled back to the present. That caused me to panic and wanted to change what I saw in the future. 5. I was shocked and didn't know what to do when my time machine brought me to.... 6. I invented a cure for.... 7. I found myself locked inside a safe and wasn't sure how to escape until.... 8. I escaped from prison by using my time machine and found myself in the past ten years ago. I couldn't believe where I landed and wanted to go back to prison. 9. I invented something I could take that caused me to be invisible and then become visible later on. 10. My time machine took me back to the past. I landed inside a bank safe where robbers were committing the crime. I suddenly became invisible. Then,....


You can grade the students on how well they developed their science fiction story. You can also grade them on sentence structure, paragraph structure, grammar, spelling, and punctuation.

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