Writing is a skill that takes practice. Lots of practice. There IS deep value in having students choose their own topic, however students also need to learn to write to a specific topic. These writing prompt cards are a great way for students to practice writing with choice and to a specific prompt.
These 78 writing prompts come as two different styles! Some of the prompts are outlined in black. These cards are great for narrative writing and require the students to use the actual words within their writing. Examples include "Thump-thump. Thump-thumb. I could hear my heart beating as I stared at the key in my hand." and "Although my fish looks normal, he's actually pretty special." Although they could appear anywhere in the story, they make GREAT story starters!
The other style is a generalized prompt and does not require students to use the exact wording as long as they stay on topic.
Utilize these cards to meet your needs! In my room, I use them during the Work on Writing portion of Daily 5. Students can pick a card and use it to write. They can also be used as whole class prompts. Draw a card and have students write or draw 2 or more and have them pick!
Cards include holiday and seasonal topics.
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