1. Ask students to think of one of their earliest childhood memories.
2. Ask them to write five sentences about this memory, each on a separate line.
3. Ask students to remember a vivid dream or nightmare and to write five sentences about this dream on five separate lines.
4. Ask students to cut apart all the sentences and rearrange the resulting ten lines.
5. Ask students to copy these lines in the arrangement they like into their journals or on a separate sheet of paper.
6. Ask everyone to place their sentences in the middle of the table or on the floor. Mix these up.
7. Ask each student to take a handful of sentences, arrange them, and copy them onto paper.
Adapted from the WritersCorps publication “Jump Write In!“