Writing Prompts 2nd Grade - 3rd Grade (100 Directed Draw & Write Activities)

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1st - 3rd, Homeschool
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Looking for fun writing prompts to get your students excited about writing? Directed drawings are a fun addition to writing prompts 2nd grade. Students create their own writing prompts pictures by following simple directed drawings, then they use word banks to introduce new vocabulary to their writing. Picking fun writing prompts builds confidence in young artists as they follow these writing prompts daily. 

Fun & Simple Sub Plans

Writing prompts monthly make great easy sub plans. The writings prompts printable can be prepared in advance and are ready to go. Students are able to follow visual instructions independently and use the word bank worksheets to complete their writing. 

Learn through Observation and Drawing

We learn through careful observation. By drawing students can benefit from spending careful time observing each step. Finished drawings can be used to make a booklet, a poster, a diorama, or an art piece.

Building Drawing Confidence

Directed drawings are a great way to build art confidence in young students and to establish a daily drawing routine.


This product contains 100 Writing Prompts 2nd Grade to print & enjoy with your students!

  • Clear step by step draw instructions to complete each drawing. 

  • The starting step is provided on a separate page. These can be printed out and given to the students before beginning each directed drawing. Having the starting step helps students feel successful. 

  • Written instructions can be printed out too! Students can read the instructions to add guidance. Instructions can be read by the teacher when demonstrating each step as a whole class activity.

  • Seasonal themes to follow throughout the year. Students can follow seasonal themes as well as learn to draw animals, plants, and cute cartoons.

  • A Word Bank is provided to help build vocabulary as students learn about each new topic! Word banks include nouns, verbs, and adjectives.



  • Print the initial step, so help students start out with the right perspective. It also helps them have success in making their drawing large enough.

  • Use positive self-talk when modeling drawing steps to students. That way they can see that making mistakes and trying again is a part of learning a new skill.

  • Prep all the drawing pages in one go. This will reduce your prep time.

  • Reuse directions. If you are planning on using this product again next year, save the drawing steps and have students hand them in right after they are finished with them.

  • Look at photos. Looking at photos of the object is a great way to talk about the colors in the object and how to blend them together. Look at where the image is lighter and darker.

  • Looking for more guidance? Learn more about how to use directed drawings, and other art tips, on my blog!


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The directed drawings are also available on their own if you would like to use them as an art activity.


Customer Reviews:

“My students love these, I really enjoy how you provided the parts of speech to help guide their writing.” - Magic in the Mitten

“My kiddos absolutely love the fun drawings and journaling!” - Julie J.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Write opinion pieces in which they introduce the topic or name the book they are writing about, state an opinion, supply a reason for the opinion, and provide some sense of closure.
Write informative/explanatory texts in which they name a topic, supply some facts about the topic, and provide some sense of closure.
Write narratives in which they recount two or more appropriately sequenced events, include some details regarding what happened, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide some sense of closure.
With guidance and support from adults, focus on a topic, respond to questions and suggestions from peers, and add details to strengthen writing as needed.
Participate in shared research and writing projects (e.g., explore a number of “how-to” books on a given topic and use them to write a sequence of instructions).


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