Writing Through the Year: Differentiated Writing Prompts For the School Year

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This packet contains 32 different no prep, ready-to-go writing prompts to use throughout the school year. A narrative, opinion, and informational prompt is included for each of the ten school-year months. Some months contain 4 prompts.

The Prompts Include:

September
My First Day of School (Narrative)
My Favorite Book (Opinion)
I Know About Fall (Informative)

October
My Halloween Story (Narrative)
I Know About Christopher Columbus (Informative)
How to Carve a Pumpkin (Informative)
The Best Halloween Costume (Opinion)

November
My Thanksgiving Story (Narrative)
The First Thanksgiving (Informative)
I Am Thankful (Opinion)

December
My Christmas Story (Narrative)
I Know About Winter (Informative)
Dear Santa (Opinion)

January
My New Year's Eve Story (Narrative)
I Know About Martin Luther King, Jr. (Informative)
My Favorite Memory (Opinion)

February
My Valentine's Day Story (Narrative)
I Know About Presidents' Day (Informative)
Will the Groundhog See His Shadow? (Opinion)

March
My St. Patrick's Day Story (Narrative)
How to Build a Leprechaun Trap (Informative)
My Favorite Food (Opinion)
I Know About Community Workers (informational)

April
My Easter Story (Narrative)
I Know About Spring (Informative)
My Favorite Sport (Opinion)

May
Our Field Trip (Narrative)
How to Grow a Flower (Informative)
My Mom is the Best (Opinion)

June
My Vacation (Narrative)
I Know About Summer (Informative)
My Dad is the Best (Opinion)

Each prompt includes four different stages of writing. The stages can be used so that a student can develop a piece of writing over time, writing about the same topic at four different levels. They may also be used for differentiated instruction, so that classmates can be writing about the same topic, but at their own pace and within their own comfort zone.

Step One: The writer draws a picture of the topic. She can include any labels, letters, or words to go with the picture. Developing writers should be encouraged to write any sounds that they hear within a word (for example, a car may be labeled with a "c").

Step Two: The writer makes a picture outline of his writing. For narrative writing, he draws/writes about what happens first, next, and last in his story. For opinion writing he draws/writes three reasons for his opinion. For informative writing he draws/writes three steps (for a how-to) or facts about the topic.

Step Three: The writer draws a picture of the topic. Space is provided to write a few sentences to go with the picture.

Step Four: The writer is given space for the entire writing piece with no pictures. This should include several sentences and the writing should be organized into a beginning, middle, and end.

On steps two through four, a "Helpful Words" box is included that lists several words the writer may use for the given topic. Each word is next to a picture for easy identification.

Also included is a "Sight Words to Go" sheet that the writer can keep with her as she writes each piece. The writer may also use the "Writer's Checklist" as a way to make sure a piece is complete.

This packet meets the common core writing standards. I hope you enjoy using it and find it beneficial for your students. Please message me if you have any questions.

-Kendra
Kendra’s Kindergarten

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Teaching Duration
1 Year

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