Fall is in the air! Here are 75 autumn themed writing prompts (in a PowerPoint) with six different styles of prompts, and one rubric. Each prompt style targets a different writing skill: sensory details, connotation/tone, word choice, fiction, nonfiction, and using dialogue effectively.
Slide Style Breakdown:
1. Fill in the Blank (15 prompts)
- Parts of the sentence have been blanked out, and students must fill in the blanks with phrases, descriptions, and sensory details of their own.
2. Sentence Twister (12 prompts)
- Words in the sentence have been underlined. Students must change the underlined word to a simile with a different connotation to change the "feel" of the sentence. (Ex: changing smell to stench or aroma).
3. Word Jumble (8 prompts)
-Students must make sentences out of autumn-themed words in a word cloud.
4. Story Starter (15 prompts)
- A situation is given to help students write a page of fiction.
5. True Life (16 prompts)
- A question is given to inspire students to write a page of nonfiction, usually about their experiences, feelings, or ideas.
6. Dialogue (9 prompts)
– A piece of dialogue is given. Students use this piece of dialogue to create a page of fiction, using the dialogue.
Each of these sections is listed and linked to in the PowerPoint's "Table of Contents" slide (pictured in thumbnail).
Want to take these a step further? Here are some ideas:
• Ask for volunteers to read their sentences out loud (This is a lot of fun!)
• Let the students choose what kind of prompt the class should do that day
• Have students save these in a literacy/writing journal. Let them continue their favorite entry at the end of the week.
These are great for warm up/bell work, tickets out the door, and journals. The goal of these prompts was to be broad in their application -- students can practice fiction, nonfiction, and writing techniques such as word choice. Happy fall!
Looking for more writing prompts? Here are two products I'm particularly proud of:
Fill in the Blank with Classic Novels
Adventure Writing Prompts