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300 Common Core Creative Writing Prompts

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This is a PDF* with a set of three hundred creative writing prompts that are aligned to Common Core Writing Anchor Standards 1,2, and 3. Each prompt is done in a visually appealing way and gets its own page/slide so that it can be projected in front of a class.

These prompts are meant to be used for practice on the Common Core Writing Anchor Standards. They are suitable for middle school and high school. While many of the prompts are appropriate for late elementary school, the majority of the prompts are intended for middle school and high school students.

What other teachers have said:
"Ready to use and my students LOVE IT... Nothing to do but present, write, and see the excitement unfold as students get wrapped up in their ideas and thoughts!"

"These are wonderful! They tell which standard is addressed and the kids love them! It gets them thinking in new ways!!"

"These are great and my middle school students are now asking me if they can write instead of going to lunch recess! We are enjoying the writing process, your prompts have been a big boost for us."

"This is a fantastic resource. My students find the prompts engaging and accessible."

"Love, love, love these prompts! My students look forward to seeing them each week."

"So creative and still hits the CCSS!!! Awesome!!!"

"My students LOVE these and beg to debate and prove why their opinion is right EVERY time. Treasure of my collection of journal entries for sure!"

"I LOVE these prompts! They are extremely creative and really well-aligned to CCS. I have been using them very often in class. The students love the pictures that go along with the prompt. It's almost like they forget they are writing because they are laughing as they write. I highly recommend the prompts!"

"These writing prompts are engaging and attractive. They are great for sparking student writing and discussion. I especially appreciate the quality of the graphics etc... it would take me hours to create something as attractive. Great value!"

A word to teachers about how to use the prompts:
Look for the blue dot(s) in the top right corner to tell you which standard(s) applies to each prompt, and look on the bottom of the slide for more instruction about what the expectations are for the different standards. Many of the prompts do have more than one standard attached to them since they can be approached in different ways. Teachers may need to clarify for their students what approach they should be taking.

I typically use a projector to put these prompts on the screen in front of the class. I describe the prompt and answer any questions about it, and then I have my students write for five to ten minutes straight in a writer’s notebook. After the time is up, we discuss their writing, typically starting with a “pair share” and then moving on to a whole class discussion. They usually do one of these a day, and then every few weeks, they pick their favorite to make into a polished, final piece, which we take through the whole writing process.

Common Core Writing Standards that are covered in these prompts:

- Writing Anchor Standard 1: Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.

- Writing Anchor Standard 2: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.

- Writing Anchor Standard 3: Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.

Note: if you have purchased sets of prompts from me in the past, you will definitely see many of those prompts in here, as this set combines all the prompts I have for sale into one set. So should you buy this set? Is it worth it? I think so… there are 200 new ones in here that I have not put into other sets, and many of those prompts that were available in previous sets have been updated to better align with Common Core standards. If you still have questions, please let me know (luke.neff@gmail.com).

Please let me know if you have any questions at all.

Best wishes,
Luke Neff

*They are in PDF format because converting to PowerPoint considerably alters the formatting. If you'd like to get them in the original Keynote file, please let me know, although it seems Keynote users are few and far between.


This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License.
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On  September 29, 2013,  Andrea F. said:
I have been using these twice a week for warmups for my middle school students. I'm having a lot of success with the prompts--they're great for getting the kids thinking, especially because they don't have right or wrong answers.

However, I do wish it was an editable format. I knew I was buying a PDF, but it would have been nice to be able to make tweaks here and there. (My students have very low vocabulary skills, so sometimes they don't understand the prompt and tend to give up instead of asking for help. I wish I could change those prompts instead of just trying to explain it more, verbally.)
On  September 29, 2013Luke Neff answered:
Yeah, sorry. That's kind of a known issue... and I don't really know what to do about it. The Keynote file is so unwieldy and uses so many fonts that it just gets really messy really fast for anyone to open it who doesn't have all the fonts. And that assumes that you have Keynote... I guess it's a tension between style/design and usability/editability (I think I made that word up). If you want to get them in a Keynote format, I could send that your way... or I could even try to export into a PowerPoint, which I could send your way... but I'm pretty sure that would be largely an experience of futility/frustration. Hmm, what else can I offer? Do you have specific prompts that you want edited? I'd be more than willing to make some edits for you and send you updated prompts with easier vocab and more explanation... send me an email at luke.neff@gmail.com if you have specific ideas you want to see happen in prompts you want to use.

Sorry and hopefully we can figure out something that helps...

Luke
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This was a GREAT purchase. I use these 1-2 times per week with my 7th graders. The students look forward to seeing the prompt and to start writing.
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My students LOVE these prompts. I use them as quick writes / warm ups at least once a week. Students select certain pieces from their writing journals to take through the full revision process. The ideas are creative, thoughtful, and high interest. The images and fonts used are great for visual learners too. I teach grade 6 this year, but these can be used for almost any grade level (6-12).
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This is, by far, one of my favorite purchase on TpT. The prompts are creative, thought provoking, visually stimulating, and so adaptable. I love that they have CC standards attached and that so many of them serve several writing purposes. Well done. This must have taken a tremendous amount of time, and I'm so glad you shared with the TpT community.
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These are a perfect supplement for my literacy centers. On their assigned creative writing day, students are able to choose an interesting prompt. Thank you!
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A superb resource and a must have for writing prompts. Students love them!
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On  August 13, 2013,  Buyer said:
You have saved me an INCREDIBLE amount of time. I teach Grammar and Writing for grades 5-8. You had enough prompts at various levels that I was able to split them apart and will never have to reuse across grade levels! THANK YOU FOR A GREAT PRODUCT!!
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I am so excited to be able to use these writing prompts this year. Thank you for the significant time and effort you put into producing this tool for us.
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Thank you, this is amazing! You have just saved me so much time. I can't wait to use this with my students!
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On  September 1, 2013,  Buyer asked:
Hi Luke,
I'm hoping to use these gems with my 9th graders. Could you send me them in a format that I can adjust/adapt when necessary? I purchased them as is, but am having trouble getting them to show correctly when I try to project them with the LCD. I don't have Keynote, but I'd be willing to look into purchasing it if that's the only software possible.
Thank you very much for your work and your help!! I'm very excited to use these!
Best,
Liz
My email: rockett.lizard@gmail.com
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On  September 1, 2013Luke Neff answered:
Liz,

You should have an email from me with a link to the file. Let me know if that doesn't work.

Luke
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On  August 21, 2013,  Heidi H. asked:
Thank you very much for creating this document. I am newer teacher to 6th grade middle school and struggling for Common Core help with English Languag Arts at my site.

I would like to have the file in a format that I can adjust too, if possible.

I am using an ipad in class and Keynote however I was able to finally open it up in the Kindle App but not my ibook app. Any help with that would also be great.

Thanks again, you have saved me! oh, my email is willy.zeus@verizon.net:)
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On  August 21, 2013Luke Neff answered:
You should have an email from me in your inbox momentarily.
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On  August 13, 2013,  Buyer asked:
Luke....I LOVE YOU!!! LOL!! I am so pumped to start the school year utilizing your writing prompts. I actually have an 8th grade son in one of my classes, and he is even excited about it!

I would like to have the file in a format that I can adjust. There are a few of the multiple standards prompts that have an option I'd like to delete. I am also wanting to add a text box to each prompt giving the type of scoring rubric I'll be using and the point value of the writing.

Thanks!

Karen Mueller....St. Paul, Missouri
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On  August 13, 2013Luke Neff answered:
Karen,

I can definitely do that.

Do you have an email address that I could send this to? You could also email me at luke.neff@gmail.com.

Luke
On  August 13, 2013Michael Matera (TpT Seller) asked:
Luke, I am curious if you have a pack that is just about social studies? I also was wondering if you have slides that don't have the CC standards on them as I think it takes away from the visual look and feel.

Thanks much,
Michael
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On  August 13, 2013Luke Neff answered:
Michael, I see that you're on Twitter. I'll connect with your over there... let's see what I can whip up for you.

Luke
On  August 12, 2013Collabor8 (TpT Seller) asked:
Hi Luke, I just wanted to say what an outstanding, creative, comprehensive bunch of writing prompts you have in this packet. Wow! I know my students will love them. I wish my teacher had given me these sorts of prompts when I was a student. I can't wait to present them. Just wanted to tell you how fabulous I think they are!
Sharon
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On  August 12, 2013Luke Neff answered:
Thank you, Sharon. I appreciate it. I definitely made them thinking about what would have made me happy as a student. I hope your students do indeed love them.

Luke
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What grade level would you use these with?
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On  June 12, 2013Luke Neff answered:
There's really a range covered by these. I've heard some great success stories from sixth grade teachers to college writing instructors... many of the prompts work for a wide range of levels. Some of them definitely require a bit more thought, so they'd be tough for middle school students. But I've used almost all of these with my 9th grade students. I think that anything below fourth or fifth would probably not work... some would, for sure (like, "Instructions for getting a complete stranger to smile"), but most would not...
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On  June 2, 2013,  Buyer asked:
What grade is your 300 Common Core Creative Writing Prompts geared to?

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On  June 2, 2013Luke Neff answered:
There's really a range covered by these. I've heard some great success stories from sixth grade teachers to college writing instructors... many of the prompts work for a wide range of levels. Some of them definitely require a bit more thought, so they'd be tough for middle school students. But I've used almost all of these with my 9th grade students. I think that anything below fourth or fifth would probably not work... some would, for sure (like, "Instructions for getting a complete stranger to smile"), but most would not...
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300 Common Core Creative Writing Prompts
300 Common Core Creative Writing Prompts
300 Common Core Creative Writing Prompts
300 Common Core Creative Writing Prompts