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Ch 19: Writing Prompts: Elementary, Middle & High School

About This Chapter

In this chapter, you'll find articles on fun and engaging writing prompts for students at all grade levels. Use these resources to supplement your existing writing or English curriculum.

Writing Prompts: Elementary, Middle & High School - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

Getting students interested in writing is often just a matter of finding the right starting ideas. Whether you're looking for ideas for first graders or high schoolers, these writing prompts are the ideal way to get your students started with writing. In this chapter, you'll find resources for the following:

  • Elementary grade writing prompts
  • Middle school writing prompts
  • High school writing prompts

Article Objective
Writing Prompts for Kids Discover ideas to kick-start kids in narrative writing.
Kindergarten Writing Prompts Find simple writing prompts suitable for kids just learning the basics of writing.
First Grade Writing Prompts Explore writing prompts that will help first graders build their developing language, reading and writing skills.
2nd Grade Writing Prompts Engage second grade students in writing with these helpful ideas.
3rd Grade Writing Prompts Review prompts suitable for third grade students.
4th Grade Writing Prompts Look at lead-in ideas to get fourth graders started writing.
5th Grade Writing Prompts Discuss writing prompts to help fifth grade students explore language.
Writing Prompts for Middle School Outline prompts that will motivate middle school students to write.
6th Grade Writing Prompts Detail prompts geared towards a sixth grade writing level.
7th Grade Writing Prompts Locate writing prompts appropriate for seventh grade students.
8th Grade Writing Prompts Locate starter ideas for eighth grade writing practice.
Writing Prompts for High School Find writing exercises that will challenge and engage high school students.
9th Grade Writing Prompts Look at ideas to get ninth graders started in creative and narrative writing.

33 Lessons in Chapter 19: Writing Prompts: Elementary, Middle & High School
Writing Prompts for Kids

1. Writing Prompts for Kids

Encouraging children to write can be met with various challenges, depending on their creative desires. We'll look at different prompts for kids and how you can use these to stimulate their brains.

Kindergarten Writing Prompts

2. Kindergarten Writing Prompts

Kindergarten students are just beginning to learn how to write, and introducing them to writing prompts requires care. This article looks at what to emphasize when it comes time to help students in kindergarten begin to write.

First Grade Writing Prompts

3. First Grade Writing Prompts

Introduce your first grade students to writing with prompts designed to help spark their imagination while also developing their narrative and explanatory writing skills. You'll also discover some additional resources you can use to supplement writing and literacy instruction in your classroom.

2nd Grade Writing Prompts

4. 2nd Grade Writing Prompts

Students in second grade have had a year to get used to writing assignments, so they can expect to be a bit more detailed with prompts. Read on to see how to utilize your students' abilities.

3rd Grade Writing Prompts

5. 3rd Grade Writing Prompts

Third graders have plenty of ability to respond to writing prompts. The suggestions in this article will stimulate the brains of your students and lighten your workload as you come up with lesson plans.

4th Grade Writing Prompts

6. 4th Grade Writing Prompts

Find writing prompts that can help your 4th graders develop their creativity as well as their research and writing skills. You'll also learn about some other resources that can help supplement reading and writing activities in your classroom.

5th Grade Writing Prompts

7. 5th Grade Writing Prompts

In the fifth grade, students will be far enough along in their understanding of English to write passages that involve critical thinking and analysis as well as creativity. The prompts presented in this article will give you and your classroom a boost during writing sessions.

Writing Prompts for Middle School

8. Writing Prompts for Middle School

Middle school students should have the ability to answer complex questions and provide interpretations to passages of text. This article will show you some prompts to utilize for your classroom.

6th Grade Writing Prompts

9. 6th Grade Writing Prompts

Now that you're in sixth grade, you are on the cusp of middle school and have advanced quite a bit since you first learned to write. Read on to discover some writing prompts that will entice you to explore some given topics.

7th Grade Writing Prompts

10. 7th Grade Writing Prompts

As you work through seventh grade, you are starting to see that essay writing is important, and you can expect more of it as high school approaches. Have a look at this article to gain some pointers on writing prompts.

8th Grade Writing Prompts

11. 8th Grade Writing Prompts

Eighth grade is the last time you'll call yourself a middle school student. Use the writing prompts here to reflect on your life up to this point and the world around you, and check out some other helpful writing resources as well.

Writing Prompts for High School

12. Writing Prompts for High School

Eloquence and articulacy in writing are essential not just to college preparedness, but also for careers in a variety of fields. Keep reading for high school writing prompts to help you practice and refine your skills.

9th Grade Writing Prompts

13. 9th Grade Writing Prompts

High school can be a game changer for writing, and essays will become much more critical to performing well. This chapter provides some great examples of prompts for 9th grade.

Persuasive Writing Prompts: 3rd Grade

14. Persuasive Writing Prompts: 3rd Grade

The Common Core writing standards for 3rd grade are designed to help students develop their persuasive writing skills by introducing them to opinion pieces. Check out the article below for prompts teachers can use to help their 3rd graders write these types of essays.

Persuasive Writing Prompts: 4th Grade

15. Persuasive Writing Prompts: 4th Grade

Fourth grade students can expect to see persuasive writing among their required essay assignments. This article provides some prompts for teachers planning lessons on persuasive writing.

Persuasive Writing Prompts: High School

16. Persuasive Writing Prompts: High School

Your persuasive writing skills will be tested at many points in high school, whether through class assignments or on college admissions exams. If you're looking to develop your abilities in this area through practice, take a look at the prompts included below.

Persuasive Writing Prompts: Middle School

17. Persuasive Writing Prompts: Middle School

In middle school, persuasive writing will require more convincing and factual evidence than previous years. Students and teachers can use this article as a guide for some writing prompts that will help develop persuasive writing and critical thinking skills.

5th Grade Persuasive Writing Prompts

18. 5th Grade Persuasive Writing Prompts

Fifth grade persuasive writing falls under some of the Common Core guidelines. Read on to find some suggestions on prompts for both students and teachers looking for ideas.

7th Grade Persuasive Writing Prompts

19. 7th Grade Persuasive Writing Prompts

Effective persuasive writing requires excellent technique and an issue that really matters to you. This article will cover some writing prompts seventh graders can use to write a persuasive argument.

8th Grade Persuasive Writing Prompts

20. 8th Grade Persuasive Writing Prompts

Persuasive writing can be a fun activity for students in 8th grade, but deciding on a topic can sometimes be a challenge. This article explores some interesting ideas.

Creative Writing Exercises for High School

21. Creative Writing Exercises for High School

Creative writing exercises are a good way to help develop voice, learn about the elements of storytelling, and explore new styles and genres. These exercises can also help writers unleash their creativity and break ingrained writing reflexes. Read on for some creative writing exercises for high school aged students.

Creative Writing Exercises for Kids

22. Creative Writing Exercises for Kids

One of the best ways for elementary and middle school students to develop their overall writing skills is to work on creative writing assignments. Read on to discover some fun writing activities to share with your students.

Creative Writing Exercises for Middle School

23. Creative Writing Exercises for Middle School

Creative writing exercises are a fun and interesting way to improve your writing skill. Keep reading to find exercises for middle school students that will inspire poetry, plays and short stories.

Creative Writing Prompts for High School

24. Creative Writing Prompts for High School

Whether you are setting out to write plays, short stories, poems or novels, getting inspired is sometimes the most difficult thing. Keep reading to find prompts for high school students interested in creative writing, as well as advice and resources to help you enhance your writing skills.

Creative Writing Prompts for Kids

25. Creative Writing Prompts for Kids

If you have a homework assignment or just want to learn to write creatively, prompts can be a source of inspiration, encouraging you to try new ideas and explore fresh outlooks. Keep reading for kid-friendly prompts in poetry, fiction and playwriting, and resources you can use to learn more about creative writing.

Creative Writing Prompts for Middle School

26. Creative Writing Prompts for Middle School

Self-expression is essential for middle school students. In this article you will find prompts to help inspire students to engage with creative writing, as well as advice and resources to bolster young writers.

Good Persuasive Writing Topics for High School

27. Good Persuasive Writing Topics for High School

If you're in need of a topic for a persuasive essay, you'll want something with depth that can be argued from multiple viewpoints. This article lists a few topics to help you get started in addition to resources you can use to organize and edit your work.

Good Persuasive Writing Topics for Kids

28. Good Persuasive Writing Topics for Kids

Writing a persuasive essay is a great way to express your thoughts on an issue that really matters to you. Read this article for some ideas you should consider.

Good Persuasive Writing Topics for Middle School

29. Good Persuasive Writing Topics for Middle School

Persuasive topics for writing can be hard to brainstorm, but you aren't without help. Use this article to eliminate some of the stress of coming up with an idea for an essay.

Common Core Narrative Writing Prompts

30. Common Core Narrative Writing Prompts

Find some ideas for prompts that can help students practice Common Core narrative writing with this article. You'll be able to gets ideas for various grade levels and some additional educational tips.

Writing Competitions for Teens

31. Writing Competitions for Teens

If you are a teenager who enjoys writing and would like a chance to share your writing with others, writing competitions offer this opportunity while also giving you the chance to win monetary prizes. Get more information on contests available to teenagers.

Writing Competitions for Kids

32. Writing Competitions for Kids

Children can gain valuable practice as well as confidence in their writing skills by participating in any of the numerous writing competitions available. Check out the competitions below, then use the noted resources to help your student or child prepare.

Creative Writing Competitions for High School Students

33. Creative Writing Competitions for High School Students

Are you an aspiring young writer with dreams of becoming published? There are many options available to exhibit your creative writing skills. Read on for more information on some of the opportunities available to you.

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