When I was in fifth grade, our
teacher, Ms. Rader, used to make us write a story using all of the words in our
spelling list.  Most of the kids grumbled
at the thought of all of that work.  It
seemed tedious to most, but I looked at this as a challenge.  I made a game of the work by making my
stories have recurring characters in each one. 
The other kids were entertained by my stories, and they