Unless you are teaching in a public school, you’re probably already used to having “back to school” happen multiple times a year. Writing prompts for personal narratives are a great tool for assessing student writing and getting to know them. Whether you teach adult ESL, secondary English, or college classes, your students will benefit from self-reflection.
This resource is packed with writing prompts that will encourage your students to share with you who they really are. The more you know about them, the better you will be able to reach them, and the further you’ll be able to take them. Whether you use just one at the beginning of your session/term/semester or use them all, you will have excellent samples of their current writing ability AND a better understanding of the people who sit in your classroom.
Try giving the same one at the end of the session/term/semester/course as you did at the beginning to get a better picture of how they have evolved as students—and be sure to share the results with them. (Be sure to keep your own copies of that first writing sample—before you have written on it.)
These writing prompts can also be used to activate minds at the beginning of a class, to wind down at the end of a class, as homework assignments, or even formal assessments. Experiment with music, lighting, and seating arrangements. Try using them yourself and share your writing with your students so that they may get to know you better as well as see a higher-level writing model.
These writing prompts go way beyond the clichéd What Did You Do During the Summer assignment. These prompts were written to stimulate your students’ minds and make them plunge into the deep side instead of just swishing their fingers along the surface. Discover the authentic side of your students as they peel away the layers that normally hide their true selves.
One-page teacher's page
50 pages of writing prompts (one per page, with lines for writing)
For a free sample, please check out: Reflective Writing Prompts: Getting to Know You/Yourself (free sample)
Interested in more writing prompts? Check this out:
More Writing Prompts!
Also available in task card form for speaking/listening classes!
Task Cards: Reflective Responses for ESL Speaking/Listening
***SAME prompts are used!! This is just a different format for a different purpose***
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