A (Daft) Biography

Teacher introduces an object to the classroom.  Maybe a vegetable.  Students are asked to consider it's life up until now and write its biography. (I used a real Orange)

Teacher could offer support with useful verbs... be born / get married / be sold / move house / live / start school / work as / have children / enjoy / go out / travel...

As well as Biographies the same could be done for Obituaries.  Once, a student killed a fly in my class.  After a moments silence I asked them to write the obituary for the Fly stating what it enjoyed doing, where it had lived and what special things it had done to help other flies.  50 - 60 words.