Creative Writing Activities: Creative Writing Prompts & Journal Writing Prompts

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Want to empower your students to stretch their critical thinking muscles and try new things?

Getting students to think outside the box with these innovative creative writing prompts will encourage them to have fun and improve their skills by writing about literature in new and creative ways.

When you teach with these fun creative writing prompts, you will:

• get your students thinking about literature in new ways

• enjoy watching your students get excited about writing, and actually look forward to the next assignment

• have plenty of ideas for class time when you want to take a break and let students write quietly for a few minutes

• get your students experimenting with literary elements such as tone, theme, and point of view

• bring your classes’ understanding of literature to the next level

• teach your students about the qualities of good writing without any boring lectures

• see notable improvements in your students’ writing when they go out of their comfort zones to try something new

• have fun grading alternative assessments when you just can’t grade another test or boring essay

get to know your students on a new level when you read their creative work

• use rubrics for easy, quick, and efficient grading

Assignments included in this bundle at a discount when you buy them together:

No Prep Bellringer Creative Writing Prompts with Revision Checklist

Getting students to write creatively on a daily basis is key. When they see writing as something fun, they will be more likely to write, and the lessons that that they learn through that creative writing about what makes for effective communication will carry over to all other areas of their work. This resource includes 100 daily prompts, 10 Questions for Analyzing Creative Writing, and 10 Fun Exercises for Playing With Creative Writing. Click here to see the preview of this product.

Creative Writing Activity: Historical Fiction Writing Project | Text Based

In this assignment, students will research a specific time period by examining a text that you are studying in class. Their resulting piece will combine the elements of story telling with their research to create a fun and original piece of historical fiction.
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For Any Text: Creative Writing Activity & Writing Assessment | Point of View

This creative writing assignment tasks students with rewriting a text from the point of view of the villain or protagonist. After answering questions for close reading on the picture book “The True Story of the Three Little Pigs,” students will gain an understanding of point of view, perspective, and tone. They will then create an original story and learn empathy and compassion for people who are misunderstood.

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The Odyssey Activity: Creative Writing, Epic Poem Assessment

This assignment is a big hit with students. They will learn the elements of an epic poem, and then incorporate those elements into an original story about the “battles” that they fight on a daily basis. A great alternative to a test or quiz on epic poems, this assignment is also my favorite assignment to grade each year.


Shakespeare Activity: Creative Writing Collaborative Project For Any Play

Students will work together to paraphrase, analyze, and rewrite a scene from a Shakespeare play. Not only will they work cooperatively to understand the meaning of the words, they will think together to create a modern scene that demonstrates the universality and timelessness of the themes in Shakespeare’s work. And when they perform their scenes for the class, you will have a writing assignment that can be graded on the spot.

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Creative Writing, Diction, Tone, & Satire in Poetry: William Carlos Williams

Poetry doesn't have to be serious all the time—and this funny, light poem and the resulting creative writing exercise will teach students that poetry comes in all shapes and sizes. Students will write their own imitations of the original poem—and they will have lots of fun reading their results. (So plan on plenty of class time for sharing!)

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Revising & Peer Editing Checklist for Argument Writing, Literary Analysis

With checklists, specific tasks, and spaces for notes, these ready-to-go handouts are great for getting students to buckle down and really accomplish something in their peer conferences. Students will learn to help their peers improve their writing—and they will learn a great deal about their own writing in the process.

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Extras and All-Purpose Handouts:

How to Do Writing Workshop With Your Classes

Have you wanted to do writing workshop with your classes but you have been nervous about the practicalities of it all? This guide is based on years of experience with writing workshop. I’ve learned from my (many) mistakes, and now you will too!

Show Don’t Tell Lesson

All good creative writers learn to show rather than tell, but how can they be taught this valuable skill? This lesson includes notes and a ready-to-go handout to improve your students’ writing right away.

Total Pages
43 pages
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Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9–10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.
Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on addressing what is most significant for a specific purpose and audience.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.


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