Need a way to motivate your students to write? Wanting to integrate different subjects with writing? This collection of writing prompts and projects is the perfect solution for motivating students to write in different formats on a variety of topics!
These writing prompts and projects are part of a Million Dollar Mission writing assignment. Students are required to choose at least one writing project for each week and can earn up to $100,000 for each project completed. Students love having the choice in deciding what to write! With 15 topics, they have plenty of choices! And they are working independently, so this can work great in your writing center, work station, or even as work to complete for early finishers. Projects include creative writing assignments, research assignments, art-related projects, and multi-media opportunities in the final product. Many projects are integrated with topics related to math, science, or reading/research.
Students must complete a minimum of five projects within the project time frame (decided on by the teacher). However, the students are challenged to complete up to 10 projects to earn $1,000,000 and receive a special reward from the teacher! It can be a lot of work to reach millionaire status, so I tend to make my reward pretty big! One year, I used PTA grant money to take them to a local fun park for laser tag and pizza. Another year, I met them at the local science center for the Friday night planetarium showing. I have celebrated with a "Meet Me at the Movies" and saw the current rated G/PG movie. The best part is that you can decide your own reward based on what may motivate the students in your class!
Included in this Million Dollar Writing Mission are 15 writing prompts and projects, a cover sheet to detail the writing requirements for the students, and a writing rubric.