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These daily writing prompts were designed to give students an opportunity to “quick write” in response to a prompt. They should not be lengthy responses. This could be done first thing in the morning as their Morning Work. There are a variety of blank writing paper options to choose from included as well.
: These prompts are perfect to use for sharing during your class “meeting” time such as in Morning Meeting. If you use them for this purpose, you could have them turn and talk with friend about what their response would be and then later write about it. On the other hand, you could have students write about them first and then share what they have written. I have included a colorful one page prompt page that can be used to display on the board if you wanted to use it.
They can be used is as a part of a class building activity. Many teachers will have their students answer a daily prompt on the white board. A variation of this would be to give each student a large sticky note, and have them write at their desk, share with the class, and then put their sticky note on a class chart display with the prompt attached. Some of the prompts lend themselves to this more than others.
These are NOT designed to be prompts that you would use during Writer’s Workshop because during Writer’s Workshop, students choose their own topics. However, again, if a student is stuck with not knowing what to write about, you could give him/her one of these.
They could also be put into a “Work on Writing” Work Station and allow students to choose from a few different ones. Many times I let students write to a topic of their choosing, but if they needed a starting place, they could choose a prompt. Just do what works for you! If you choose to use the prompts that are in strips, you will want to cut apart the prompt strips and put them in baskets organized by the different prompts. After students have chosen a prompt (or you as the teacher has chosen for them), they will glue the prompt to the back of the paper. This will be nice to have later on in the year as you look through their writing. It is my suggestion that you have a word wall with high frequency words. It can also be helpful to have a wall with thematic or seasonal words as well. Picture dictionaries are also an important tool to have available.
On Monday, I always tried to have ALL of my students write about what they did over the weekend. Completing this same prompt throughout the year, made it nice to be able to see their progress when writing about the same topic.
: These would be a great tool to work on authentic revising and editing in their own writings. Because they are short in length, it would be an ideal way to review how to revise and edit without taking a lot of class time.
As with everything, use this resource in a way that works best for you and your class! Happy Writing!!
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