A water bottle trying to convince his owner to recycle him . . . a teddy bear writing a thank you letter to the little girl that owns him . . . the farmer's cow that writes home to share her first trip to a shopping mall. These are some of the engaging writing prompts that will get your students' imagination rolling and have them excited about letter writing!
Theses prompts were designed to not only practice friendly letter writing but also give students the chance to reinforce opinion, narrative and descriptive writing skills. I normally use these in my writing center but they can also be used for whole class warm ups, in small groups, or Daily 5.
Please note that these prompts can work for middle school as well!
This File includes:
Task Cards #1-24 (p 5-10): Prompts include Point of View (6), Opinion (6), Narrative (4), Descriptive (4), and Summary (4). Some assistance may be needed depending on your grade level. For example, with my gifted students (4th & 5th grade), they require little guidance, so they’re able to work on the prompts independently. But with my 3rd graders I prefer to use these as a warm up or in small groups. However, you decide whatever works best for your kids!
Author’s Purpose Cards (p 11-12): Before students begin a prompt, these five cards are
placed through the card set to review the purpose for writing.
Don’t Forget Cards (p 12): mini checklist to remind students of friendly letter format
(comma usage, indenting, heading placement).
Friendly Letter Sample/ Reference Sheet (p 13): this is a guide so students can see the parts of a letter. It can also be used as a writing sample you can review with the students or they can have at their desks as a guide.
This file will print in both color and gray scale. When printing, make sure to select "Fit" for best results.
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