4th Grade Writing Prompts

Instructor: Adam Nystrom

Adam owns a Master's degree in Professional and Digital Media Writing. During his time as a graduate assistant, he developed lesson plans for upper-level English courses.

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.

What Do 4th Graders Write About?

To inspire your 4th graders' writing, consider asking questions about their interests. For instance, what kinds of animals do they like, and what about those animals appeals to them? How would they describe an interesting person or experience they'll never forget? Is there a particular lesson they've learned outside of school that has resonated with them?

How Should 4th Graders Respond to Literature?

The Common Core curriculum adopted in many states places an emphasis on reading literature and responding to it in the form of writing. To help your 4th grade students develop these skills, have them explain how they would react to meeting characters from their stories and ask them to describe how these interactions would play out. Also, students can analyze the works of different authors and see which writers might inspire their own writing.

How Can I Introduce 4th Graders to Research?

Consider prompts that encourage young students to seek outside sources to supplement their writing. Have them write about topics like wheelchair use, interesting creatures or locations around the world.

What Other Resources Can I Use?

Study.com's courses can also be used to help your elementary school students respond to writing prompts. Resources include this Writing Development chapter available through a Literacy Instruction in the Elementary School course. Courses covering such topics as Curriculum Development and Teaching to Different Learning Styles are also available.

You can use the video lessons and quizzes contained in each course to supplement instruction and help your students explore their creative sides.

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