Want to get your students excited about writing?
Engage your high school students and establish the backbone of your daily writing routines with the 100 creative writing prompts included here.
All of these prompts are designed for freewriting. If you are not familiar with freewriting and its benefits, you’re in for a treat! There is a longer explanation on why freewriting is beneficial to writers included as well as a guide for students that is useful to go over before you begin freewriting in class. Additionally, there are plenty of fun exercises to get students playing with their freewrites and experimenting with creative writing.
When you teach writing with these prompts you will:
• conquer your students’ fear of writing by getting them to write on engaging and low key prompts
• quickly and easily start your classes off with a freewrite by using the no-prep prompts
• help your students brainstorm potential topics for longer pieces by starting with no-pressure freewrites
• get your students to fulfill common core requirements for writing frequently and for revising writing while having fun
• see a noted improvement in your classes’ writing abilities when they practice writing every day
• challenge your students to revise and rework their writing with specific guidelines and suggestions for revision
• find some calm quiet time in a busy class while your students are contentedly working on their own
• play with your classes by showing them the fun side of creative writing
• help your students learn the importance of revision by discussing specific examples as a class
• engage your students in metacognitive analysis of their own writing using the ready-to-go questions here
These prompts could be used as a bellringer to get students thinking about the theme of a lesson, they could be used to break up a longer lesson, or they could be used to transition between different parts of a lesson. They could also be used at the end of class when students are getting restless but you still have some time left.
Included in this resource is everything you need to get students writing creatively on a daily basis:
—Notes for the instructor with suggestions for procedure
—“Four Benefits of Freewriting,” an informational piece for the instructor with links to research and further writing on freewriting
—“Freewriting: A Guide For Students,” a visually appealing and informative handout for students (with a humorously informal tone)
—100 daily creative writing prompts
—“10 Questions for Analyzing Creative Writing” to get your students thinking about what they have written, what they have heard from their classmates, and what makes good writing in general
—“10 Fun Exercises for Playing With Creative Writing” to get your students revising, changing, and playing around with their initial freewrites
In all, there is enough here for hours of fun writing activities!