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This collection of reviewed resources includes many types of writing prompts, both visual and verbal, to inspire writing. Whether you want students to try their hand at poetry or informational writing, there are ideas here to help. Make this collection available for students to find their own inspiration for open-ended, creative writing assignments. Teachers can also use this list to find 2-3 possible choices for a targeted writing assignment. Student choice is key in helping student voice come through in their writing.

 

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Writing Prompts/Journal Topics - CanTeach

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2 to 8
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Are you continually looking for writing prompt ideas? As the title suggests, this site provides a lengthy list of simple writing prompts. The prompts could easily be tailored to grade...more
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Are you continually looking for writing prompt ideas? As the title suggests, this site provides a lengthy list of simple writing prompts. The prompts could easily be tailored to grade level and writing ability as needed.

tag(s): writing (358), writing prompts (92)

In the Classroom

Use these prompts for morning work, journaling or blogging. Cut prompts into strips and place in a grab-bag. Have students "pull-a-prompt" from the grab bag as a guided reading center or after-lunch activity. The prompts could also be used as conversation starters during morning meetings.

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Write Source: Writing Topics - Houghton Mifflin Co.

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1 to 12
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Getting students involved in writing sometimes takes the right motivation. This site can provide that through a multitude of prompts and models for the students to see. The site is...more
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Getting students involved in writing sometimes takes the right motivation. This site can provide that through a multitude of prompts and models for the students to see. The site is offered by the Houghton Mifflin Co. in conjunction with a writing textbook. Even on its own, this is a great site to find student topics and show models of good writing. The topics are divided by grade level in elementary and intermediate, then grouped as 9-12 for high school. Each section includes a number of writing prompt --enough to whet the appetite of almost any student -- as well as links to different parts of the Houghton textbooks. The student models are shown by type (creative writing, persuasive, academic, workplace, etc.) and the links at the top of each page access MLA and APA styles as well as samples and information on how to do multimedia reports for college or the workplace. The upper levels of this site, such as persuasive writing or multimedia reports, open the door to higher level thinking.

tag(s): blogs (88), essays (21), writing (358), writing prompts (92)

In the Classroom

Have the students choose their own prompt from the list and then share their writing within a small group, with the class, or on their own blogs. Use the models and anonymous sharing on an interactive whiteboard to create a "safe" way for students to share writing as process and hear how others do it. Use the option of PUBLISHING student models on the site as a motivator. Be sure to get parent permission!

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Writing Prompts and Scoring Guides - Bakersfield City School District

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K to 8
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Are you looking for some new writing prompts for your class? This website provides writing prompts for grades K-8 and includes narrative writing, expository writing, persuasive writing,...more
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Are you looking for some new writing prompts for your class? This website provides writing prompts for grades K-8 and includes narrative writing, expository writing, persuasive writing, observational writing, writing about events, writing a friendly letter, writing a thank you note, writing informational reports, writing responses to literature, writing technical documents, writing a character analysis, and many other forms of writing. The best part is that there are rubrics provided with each prompt. The rubrics offer explicit details for students and an excellent assessment tool for teachers.

tag(s): expository writing (44), narrative (24), persuasive writing (55), rubrics (32), writing (358), writing prompts (92)

In the Classroom

Use the writing prompts (and rubrics) to simplify your lesson planning and grading. Model responding to a prompt on an interactive whiteboard. Then have the students "revise" your draft on the whiteboard and assess it according to the rubric so they can see how the process works. SAVE the various steps of this process in your whiteboard software as a "flip chart" or "notebook" so students can view it again later to reinforce writing process steps. Print some step-by-step examples out for a "Writing Center" bulletin board.
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Painless Writing - Richard Guidone

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3 to 9
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This site developed from the Yale-New Haven Teachers' Institute offers some tried and true as well as new ways to get children writing painlessly. It walks a teacher through rationale...more
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This site developed from the Yale-New Haven Teachers' Institute offers some tried and true as well as new ways to get children writing painlessly. It walks a teacher through rationale and procedures and offers lessons for different lengths of writing, etc. Guidone offers some creative ways to get kids writing, especially reluctant learners who might need a little prodding of the imagination! While you may be familiar with some of the methods, his combinations can be surprising and thought-provoking. Definitely worth a look, despite the simple, text-only appearance of the page.

tag(s): process writing (42), writing (358), writing prompts (92)

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Mark this one as a Favorite so you can find a writing prompt at a moment's notice. These idas would work well with blogs or journals. You cna also use the prompts to model writing techniques on an interactive whiteboard-- always a motivator!

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Talking Point Worksheets - English Club.com

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6 to 12
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This collection holds a variety of pdf format worksheets designed to kick off discussions on controversial topics of interest to middle school and high school students. Although designed...more
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This collection holds a variety of pdf format worksheets designed to kick off discussions on controversial topics of interest to middle school and high school students. Although designed for limited English speakers, some topics have general interest. Teachers will need to examine the worksheets carefully due to the presence of some British expressions that might confuse American speakers. New Talking Points are available every month, so it's worth checking back to see new offerings. This files require Acrobat Reader. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): debate (41), speech (92), worksheets (59), writing (358), writing prompts (92)

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Use these topics as you teach speech, debate, or persuasive writing skills. WARNING: DO NOT share this link with your students directly. Topics include "taboo" words that you would NOT want them discussing in most classrooms, though mature ESL learners do need to understand them(and that is exactly what the sheet is about!). The sheets provide excellent prewriting questions to get reluctant student-writers thinking and organizing ideas.
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Create your own R.A.F.T.S. Prompts for Social Studies - Northern Nevada Writing Project

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4 to 12
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Looking for writing prompts that are fun and geared toward social studies? Trying to reinforce content knowledge using writing? Look no further! This web site offers a great ...more
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Looking for writing prompts that are fun and geared toward social studies? Trying to reinforce content knowledge using writing? Look no further! This web site offers a great way to create writing prompts simply by clicking on an icon and receiving the luck of the draw. The teacher chooses the subject and by random selection, the web site chooses the Role, Audience, Format, Topic and Strong Verb. Students can also create their own, though it may be tricky for lower grades (might require several walk-throughs). Great for students who struggle with brainstorming writing topics.

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In the Classroom

Use this for literature contracts or guided reading assignments. It is also helpful for teachers who are having writer's block! Great way to tie social studies to language arts.

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Create your own R.A.F.T.S. Prompts for Science - Northern Nevada Writing Project

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4 to 12
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Looking for writing prompts that are fun and geared toward a science? Look no further! This web site offers a great way to create writing prompts simply by ...more
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Looking for writing prompts that are fun and geared toward a science? Look no further! This web site offers a great way to create writing prompts simply by clicking on an icon and receiving the luck of the draw. User chooses the subject and by random selection, the web site chooses the Role, Audience, Format, Topic and Strong Verb. May be tricky for lower grades and will require several walk-through lessons. Great for students who struggle with brainstorming writing topics.

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In the Classroom

This is a great way to find ideas for literature contracts, guided reading assignments, teachers who are having writer's block. Great way to tie science to language arts using a write-to-learn approach. This is a sure way to build content area reading comprehension of your science textbook.

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Writing Sparks - Jim Cornish

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3 to 7
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Jim Cornish provides numerous writing prompts for use in the upper elementary/middle school classroom. Specific writing styles include narrative, expository, journal, descriptive, personal...more
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Jim Cornish provides numerous writing prompts for use in the upper elementary/middle school classroom. Specific writing styles include narrative, expository, journal, descriptive, personal and more. The prompts provided by Mr. Cornish are supplied in a pre-made, appealing printable form for easy planning. There are also links for writing rubrics and to a variety of additional on-line sites with a multitude of writing prompts. The prompts open in pdf (Acrobat) handouts and require Acrobat Reader. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): creative writing (166), expository writing (44), narrative (24), writing (358), writing prompts (92)

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If you are looking for some new ideas for writing prompts, this website provides creative and fun assignments. Maybe even make it available to students on your classroom computer or teacher web page so they can browse the prompts and find one they like. These writing prompts would provide nice opportunities for morning work, journaling and on-line blog sessions.
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Expository Writing Prompts - Palma Sola Elementary School

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3 to 6
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Use these printable worksheets to help students develop their expository writing skills. While this site is still under construction, there are some real gems among the prompts. Check...more
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Use these printable worksheets to help students develop their expository writing skills. While this site is still under construction, there are some real gems among the prompts. Check back for updates.

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Writing Fix for Kids - Writing Fix

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1 to 5
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Give elementary students some choices of creative writing topics with this interactive resource that encourages out-of-the-box thinking. Choose any of the 14 interactive games to find...more
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Give elementary students some choices of creative writing topics with this interactive resource that encourages out-of-the-box thinking. Choose any of the 14 interactive games to find new ideas.

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In the Classroom

Keep this link on your class web page for access both in and out of class! Let students advertise their favorite prompt tool on your interactive whiteboard or projector before sharing a writing piece that resulted from this prompt.

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Imaginary City - Tate Museum

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2 to 6
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Challenge your students to use their creativity with this virtual art project that guides them through the construction of an imaginary scene. Need a bit of inspiration? Investigate...more
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Challenge your students to use their creativity with this virtual art project that guides them through the construction of an imaginary scene. Need a bit of inspiration? Investigate the origin of each of the objects used to create the student-designed picture. Each is part of a larger piece of artwork in the Tate Gallery collection. But don't stop there. Use your students' newly created works as prompts for a writing activity.

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The Big Read - The National Endowment for the Arts

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6 to 12
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The Big Read is a National Endowment for the Arts endeavor aimed at increasing reading and literary discussions. This site's main initiative is to address communities and aims...more
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The Big Read is a National Endowment for the Arts endeavor aimed at increasing reading and literary discussions. This site's main initiative is to address communities and aims to provide cities and towns with local programs and opportunities to read and discuss books. The resources and study guides are well-suited for teaching and encouraging reading for enjoyment as well as study. Many middle and high school books of all genres, such as Fahrenheit 451, To Kill a Mockingbird, and Great Poems and Tales of Edgar Allan Poe are featured, and are often accompanied by an online documentary film about the author and the literary work, discussion questions and topics, and lesson plan ideas. The Big Read is continually expanding and offers grants.

tag(s): literature (275), resources (112), writing prompts (92)

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You will want to save this website to your favorites to return to it often and implement materials to fit your curriculum. The materials may be projected on your classroom whiteboard or projector to enhance background information, comprehension, and critical thinking for the literary selection you are currently studying. Thought provoking questions could be used for both oral and written responses.
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