Ahoy there! Ready for pirates, princesses, spies, and dragons? It's time to make writing time more exciting, and these 50 writing prompts tap into adventure, fantasy, and science fiction genres, where adventure lies behind every castle, treasure chest, and spaceship. Three styles of prompts are included to help your students build skills in three different areas—sentence structure, character/plot building, and dialogue. Let’s set sail!
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3-26. Fill in the Blank
As easy as it sounds. Students fill in the blanks of the sentences with their own details and descriptions. This helps students get the sentence structure down, and also encourages figurative language.
27-43. Cast of Characters
We all remember the fabled story when the time traveler and the pirate battled over a painting hidden inside a cave…or maybe we will someday, when one of your students writes the story! At the core of great fiction lies interesting characters who do interesting things. This prompt gives your students a short list of intriguing characters, items, and settings for students to choose from to create a story. Not enough to overwhelm, but enough to get creative wheels turning. The goal is for students to ask questions—Why are the spy and the fairy looking for a locked treasure chest? What’s inside of it? Why do they want it? —and answer those questions by writing!
These prompts give your students a line of interesting dialogue, and they get to make up the story around it (and continue it!). Dialogue automatically infers action is taking place in your story, so it’s a great way to get students into the story and brainstorm what the characters are talking about. It’s also good if you want students to practice punctuation with fun dialogue!
How to Use
Put on the PowerPoint, sit back, watch your students write. You can have students record their sentences/stories in a literacy journal, for warm-ups/tickets out the door, or you can print them out and have students write directly on them. Whatever works best for your class.
It’s always fun to have students volunteer to read their sentences out loud. You can also have them choose their favorite sentence/story to continue at the end of the week.
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