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100 IDEAS FOR WRITING:
http://www.timesaversforteachers.com/index_page0010.htm
This list contains short and sweet writing prompts for journals or student writing
assignments; especially helpful for those times when students are stuck on what to write
about it.
 

BRIGHT IDEAS FOR WRITING:
http://www.eduplace.com/kids/hme/k_5/brightideas/
For elementary classes, find writing exercises here for all genres, including opinion and persuasive essays, writing instructions, stories, or personal narratives.
 

DAILY WRITING PROMPTS:
 
http://www.everydayteaching.com/
 
http://www.busyteacherscafe.com/worksheets/journals/February%20Journal%20Calendar.pdf
Click on any day for a great selection of writing prompts, graded appropriately for each
level of writing skills and interests. Use the 2nd link for simple paragraph starters for early
elementary students for the month of February. (K-10)

 

END OF YEAR WRITING PROMPT:
http://www.abcteach.com/MonthtoMonth/June/endofschool.htm
You can print out this writing prompt template onto cardstock, and have your students fill
in the various categories to reflect upon what they learned the past year, and what they will
take with them.
 

GREAT LEADS FOR WRITING:
http://www.readwritethink.org/lesson_images/lesson16/greatleads.pdf
Very often, students have the hardest time in writing just getting started. It may help to
review some truly great leads, both inspiring your own class and showing them how to do it
right. Try this site for great beginnings.
 

IMAGINATION PROMPT GENERATOR:
http://www.creativity-portal.com/prompts/imagination.prompt.html
Click on this site--any number of times--to generate a writing prompt. Use them for daily journal topics, creative writing, or narratives.
 

LET'S WRITE A STORY!
http://prek.dhs.org/lesson.php?num=33
To encourage active imaginations and group participation with identifiable outcomes, try
this cooperative, whole class activity. Give your students a story prompt, and then have
them raise their hands for contributions to what comes next. You may have to prompt them
further--suggestions are included here. You will write down their ideas and show how they
can be collected into words and sentences to create their very own story. When the written
story is finished, assign a page for each student to illustrate, then make photocopies for the
whole class to take home. You can also tie into holiday or seasonal themes with this lesson
plan as a special project.
 

MORE WRITING PROMPTS:
http://www.creativity-portal.com/becreative/activities/writingprompts.html
Scroll down for numerous story starters, opinion prompts, or narrative ideas.
 

PICTURE STORY PROMPTS:
http://www.storyit.com/Starters/picstart.htm
For young writers, a picture prompt is often the most effective means of eliciting a story.
Try the photo starters and clip art available here, with primary lines and a word box included
at the top of the page.
 

POLAR BEAR PICTURE PROMPT:
http://www.storyit.com/Starters/picpolar.htm
A polar bear and cub are pictured at the top of this printable writing worksheet as a story
prompt. The worksheet also includes a word box, as well as primary lines for writing.
 

SAT ESSAY PROMPTS, WRITING PROMPTS &
 DAILY TEACHING RESOURCES:
 
http://www.everydayteaching.com/
 This site provides great daily writing prompts across all grade levels, but particularly for
SAT writing exam practice for older grades. Click on any calendar date for the daily
prompt. This website also offers a free email newsletter, sending classroom resources such as grammar exercises, vocabulary and spelling activities, writing prompts, and computer
lab-ready internet exercises to your email inbox - an invaluable service for busy teachers.
Use the 2nd link above to access the sample newsletter.

 

SELECTING GREAT WRITING PROMPTS:
 
http://www.nwrel.org/eval/writing/DEPrompts.pdf
 Find some great guidelines here to help you select writing prompts appropriate to your
grade levels, skills, desired outcomes and ability levels. Types of writing prompts are
discussed with samples included, along with a prompt template to help you design your own
effective student writing starters. (4-12)

 

STORY STARTER WORKSHEETS:
http://www.hopevestergaard.com/StoryStarterWorkshop.pdf

These printable story starter worksheets will help guide your students through creating
characters and dilemmas for their own story writing exercises.
 

STORY STARTERS:
http://www.lessontutor.com/jmstorystarters.html
These story starters for elementary students offer three different prompts in each series,
with text, visual, or auditory prompts. They also include writing rubrics for each grade level.
 

SUMMER WRITING PROMPTS:
http://www.creativity-portal.com/howto/writing/summer.writing.prompts.html
Find fifteen writing prompts here to help students develop ideas for writing with a summer
theme; photo inspiration is also included.
 

THOUGHT STARTERS FOR WRITING:
http://owl.english.purdue.edu/handouts/general/gl_plan3.html
It's not always easy to simply start writing, given any writing assignment. When students are
stumped, hand out this Thought Starter lab to prompt them for planning and transitioning
into the writing stage, in question and answer format.
 

WRITING PROMPTS:
http://www.canteach.ca/elementary/prompts.html
Wow--here's a considerable list of writing prompts, including Thanksgiving-themed starters.
Use them as journal topics, prompts for creative writing, or as ideas for the various essay formats.
 

WRITING PROMPTS:
http://www.everydayspelling.com/workout/prompts/promptsndx.html
Writing prompts are included in a wide variety of grade-appropriate formats, covering
grades one through eight, with guidelines for properly completing each exercise.
 

WRITING PROMPTS:
http://www.writersdigest.com/writingprompts.asp
Called "Idea Joggers", these weekly writing prompts will help jumpstart the writing process
when the page remains blank. Archived topics are also available.
 

WRITING TOPICS:
http://www.thewritesource.com/topics.htm
This site offers several brief writing topics, all categorized by grade level.
 

A YEARLY WRITING PROGRAM:
http://www.teachersdesk.org/topics/par_week_program.html
Not only writing prompts, but also find developed instructions here for various writing
formats on topical subjects to use throughout the school year.
 

PRINTABLE WRITING ACTIVITIES:
http://www.abcteach.com/Writing/writingTOC.htm
writing prompts by grade level
book report templates, poetry formats, and letter and writing skills
student worksheets
 

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Purpura, Linda 
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