Paragraph of the Week | Writing Prompts | Journal

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Paragraph of the Week contains sixty thought-provoking quotes and corresponding writing prompts for DIGITAL and PRINT that can be used in a variety of ways in the classroom to help improve your students' writing! They make the perfect journal. We used these quotes with our 5th and 6th graders last year, and they are geared toward a middle school audience.



- Instructions for Use

- Digital Instructions for Use - this includes the link to make a copy of the Google Slides™ version of this resource that can easily be used in your Google Classroom™.

- Basic paragraph outline for students

- Transition words chart

- Sentence starters

- Graveyard of words with synonyms to assist students in expanding their vocabulary

- Student example with reasons why example is a strong one

- 60 weekly prompts - each prompt includes a quote from a famous figure, a prompt, space to brainstorm / write, rubric for ease of grading (points values left blank so you can adjust to fit however you'd like), and space for additional teacher comments)

- EDITABLE Template, so you can add your own quotes and prompts!! You will need PowerPoint in order to open and edit this template.

- SLIDES VERSION for easy projection in your room. Project each weekly prompt for your class and have your students answer the prompts in their notebooks to save paper! We've included an EDITABLE SLIDES VERSION as well!

- DIGITAL VERSION, so you can easily use this resource in your Google Classroom™. Students can write directly into the Google Slides™ included. We've also added an editable rubric, so you can easily grade and make suggestions directly in the students' Google Slides™ should you wish to do so.

*Both a color and black and white version for easy printing if you need it!*

★ Here are just a few ideas of how you can use this resource in your classroom: ★

  • Print out the entire journal and bind for students to use throughout the year.
  • Print out the prompts week by week and have students glue into their notebooks – collect the notebooks each Friday to read and grade.
  • Display a quote and prompt on your whiteboard every Monday and have students write a journal response to share with the class. (What a great keepsake for students to have at the end of the semester or year with all their thoughts!)
  • Assign a prompt to early finishers.
  • Create a writing center with the quotes and prompts.
  • Discuss the quotes and students’ answers to the corresponding questions aloud (whole class, small group, think-pair-share)
  • Select one of the quotes and prompts each month to display on a bulletin board and showcase student writing.
  • Using a hallway bulletin board that students and teachers have access to, display a new quote and prompt each month and have people interact with the board by writing in their thoughts (we’ve seen a Sharpie attached with string to the board work quite well to encourage responses)
  • Home School Writing Activities

We took care to include quotes from a variety of people from all walks of life (presidents, authors, scientists, poets, philosophers, etc…) and questions that encourage deep reflection among students. Although we have organized the quotes by month (some quotes refer to certain holidays and all the quotes in February are from African American men and women for Black History Month and all the quotes in March are said by noted females to honor Women’s History Month), you can pick and choose whichever quotes you want to use at a given time. (We even included summer quotes should you happen to teach at a year round school or have a summer class!)

Lastly, we’ve included a handout for you that has all the quotes in list format for you to use as a checklist and keep track of which quotes you’ve used. That way, should you not want to use them according to the months we’ve designated, you can easily keep track of it.


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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
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 discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.


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