First make a list of about 15 objects in your house, then pick 3.
Next pick a theme for your story.
Finally he supplied 2 random news headlines...
The result was ...
1) a fish in a tank/Legos/X-Box game system
2) Theme, . . . small characters achieving big things.
3) Headlines.... "Astronaut in Peril on moon" and "Leader poisoned in South America"
We had an hour to organize and thumbnail our story. Here is the Final Version. . .