Looking for the very best way to get your students writing and loving it? Then, you’ve found the perfect resource! This highly engaging and effective set of This or That Writing Prompts includes 202 writing prompt choices on 101 creative handouts. Each This or That Writing Prompt provides students with two choices for showcasing their writing. After reviewing each choice, students can choose to do the “This” activity or the “That” activity. The choices promote engagement, differentiate the activity, and tap into multiple learning styles. They’re also fun to complete!
Here's an idea! Compile all of the writing prompts into a daily bell ringer writing journal! Students can write in their bell ringer journal before the start of each class!
Students have the opportunity to write news stories, create characters, reflect on their life, imagine new worlds, share their opinions, write with figurative language, and so, so, so much more!
What makes these writing prompts special?
- This or That Writing Prompts are designed to provide students with fun and creative ways to develop their writing skills!
- After reviewing each prompt choice, students can choose to do the “This” writing prompt or the “That” writing prompt. Both will require students to think critically and write creatively.
- The choices promote more engagement for students and tap into multiple learning styles so that students have more opportunities to be successful.
- The prompts themselves are designed to encourage creativity as well. Each prompt is designed to be engaging for students.
- The “This or That” Writing Prompts are SO versatile. Use them as…
- --- Bell Ringers or Warm-Ups
- --- Daily/Weekly Homework Assignments
- --- A Year-Long Writing Journal
- --- Independent Writing Program
- --- Stations or Centers
- --- Activities for Fast Finishers
- --- Idea-Generators for Writing Units
- --- Lesson Extensions
- --- Substitute Teacher Plans
- --- Creative Writing Unit
Why do teachers and students love the This or That Writing Prompts?
The This or That Writing Prompts are effective because they…
- Tap into multiple learning styles
- Promote a love of writing
- Build natural differentiation into each prompt
- Are super simple to implement
- Extremely motivating
- Make writing more fun and accessible
- Address a wide range of writing skills and genres
About the Writing Activities...
- Skills addressed include: alliteration, onomatopoeia, personification, dialogue, acrostic poetry, characterization, simile, metaphor, theme, sensory details, idioms, point of view, setting, comparing and contrasting, parts of speech
- Types of writing: how to, creative, personal reflection, descriptive, spooky story, list-making, persuasive, interview, speech, letter, fairy tale, myth, news story, opinion, advertisement, diary, postcard
This resource includes
- This or That Reading Writing Prompts Overview (for teachers)
- About, Benefits, Assessment, and Implementation Overview (for teachers)
- This or That Writing Prompt Overview and Tips (for students)
- Writing Prompt Rubric
- 101 This or That Writing Prompts (with 202 prompts total!)
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