These writing prompts and creative writing ideas inspired by mentor texts will engage your students and get them excited about analysis, writing, and improving their skills.
You will love these innovative plans because your writing instruction will be built on a strong base. Your students will love these lessons because they will get to play around with language and because they will see notable improvements in their writing.
If you want your students to improve their writing, it makes sense to start by examining great writing. In these lesson plans, students will start by doing a close reading of a short passage from a mentor text in order to learn more about the writer’s craft. The carefully prepared questions and complete notes for the instructor will lead you through that discussion. Students will follow with engaging quick-write prompts to get them thinking deeper about the ideas explored in the texts. Finally, you will have the option to continue the lesson by assigning a longer narrative, argument, or informational essay based on one of the provided prompts.
With specific suggestions for how to teach with these plans if you have 5 minutes, 20 minutes, 45 minutes, over an hour, or three days or more, you will have an easy time fitting these plans in with your other material.
Additionally, the alternative lesson plans for AP or SAT essay bootcamp, last-minute substitute plans, and plans for a comparative essay based on a longer text studied in class will give you many options to integrate rigorous study of writer’s craft into your schedule.
In all, this packet contains:
—41 thematically-arranged writing prompts and creative writing ideas,
—47 quick-write prompts based on relevant, inspiring, and thematically-organized questions,
—55 questions to help your students analyze the writer’s craft so that they can internalize the techniques in their own writing,
—suggestions for texts for pairing based on what is commonly taught in high school English classes
—all based on 9 thought-provoking mentor text passages.
These lessons require little to no preparation on your part. There is enough here to get your students excited to write and stay inspired for weeks.