Even though it's January, some of my third and fourth graders still frequently struggle with generating or brainstorming ideas on what to write about. (We did do a "detour" from Lucy's plan and do expositiory writing for a while. So, we're just getting back into the swing of narrative writing.) I know part of the problem is that many of my students have so much to worry about every day that they see many stories in their life as being too old and therefore not relevant. But I cannot do anything about that.