Writing Prompts for Journals - Developing Writing Skills PowerPoint. Using the writing process, students will use this PowerPoint will get them started. Begins with a writing inventory. Use these journal prompts to write terrific descriptions, arguments, opinions, and more. Use one a week for a total of 16 weeks. The first two weeks are scaffolded with suggestions for each stage of the writing process. Includes directions for the teacher, a writing inventory to help you get to know your students, a writing process poster, and a writing checklist, which can be printed and used in student notebooks. Help your students learn to write with daily journal practice. Engaging writing prompts to stimulate creative thinking, and revision strategies and suggestions for editing and publishing. Great for a writer's workshop. A good way to start off your journals when you go back to school at the beginning of the year. 31 slides. Supports common core standards.
Suggestions for Use:
Week 1 – Begin with the Writing Inventory. Project it on your white board and have students copy it down and fill in the blanks with their own words in their writing notebooks. This will give you a feel for your students. Then, go over the writing process. Explain each step of the process with your students. You may want to have them copy this down in their notebooks, print it as a handout for their notebook, or post it somewhere in the room.
Week 2 – Begin with Prompt 1. Each day, give students time to work on the different parts of the writing process. Monday – Prewriting, Tuesday – Drafting, Wednesday – Revising (Discuss the Writing Checklist), Thursday – Editing, and Friday – Publishing the Final Draft.
Week 3 – Use Prompt 2. Each day, follow through the same steps as you did with Week 2. The slides are again written for each step of the writing process.
Week 4 – 16. Once the students have completed the routine for two weeks, they should be familiar with each part of the writing process and you can just post the prompt for each week and let them work at their own pace, with a goal in place to have their work complete by Friday of each week.
I hope you enjoy the 16 weeks of writing prompts for your students. By the time they are finished, they will have explored many different types of writing and hopefully had some fun, too.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.1 Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.1a Introduce a topic or text clearly, state an opinion, and create an organizational structure in which related ideas are grouped to support the writer’s purpose.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.1b Provide reasons that are supported by facts and details.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.1c Link opinion and reasons using words and phrases (e.g., for instance, in order to, in addition).
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.1d Provide a concluding statement or section related to the opinion presented.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.2a Introduce a topic clearly and group related information in paragraphs and sections; include formatting (e.g., headings), illustrations, and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.2b Develop the topic with facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples related to the topic.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.2c Link ideas within categories of information using words and phrases (e.g., another, for example, also, because).
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.2d Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.2e Provide a concluding statement or section related to the information or explanation presented.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.3a Orient the reader by establishing a situation and introducing a narrator and/or characters; organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.3b Use dialogue and description to develop experiences and events or show the responses of characters to situations.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.3c Use a variety of transitional words and phrases to manage the sequence of events.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.3d Use concrete words and phrases and sensory details to convey experiences and events precisely.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.3e Provide a conclusion that follows from the narrated experiences or events.
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