Ch 11: Prompts & Project Ideas for Writing

About This Chapter

Thought-provoking prompts and questions can enhance the level of literary discussions in your classroom. This chapter offers ideas on how to add more projects to your curriculum and how to create more effective discussion questions and prompts.

Teaching English: Questions, Prompts & Project Ideas - Chapter Summary

With this chapter, our instructors will discuss strategies for teaching English through the use of questions, prompts, projects, and other activities. Some of the lesson topics you will review are as follows:

  • Peer editing checklists for different grade levels
  • Common Core writing prompts and reading passages
  • Tips for starting and concluding paragraphs

Informative lessons provide instruction strategies for teaching English in elementary, middle, and high school, so you can be sure that these teaching resources will prove relevant to your classroom goals. Likewise, teachers can use the information they learn from this chapter to train other teachers about these specific strategies.

How It Helps

  • Generates new ideas: You'll be given examples of prompts and projects that you may not have tried out before, allowing you to enhance your current curriculum.
  • Incorporates standards: With special attention given to Common Core topics, this chapter can help you design lesson plans that uphold these standards.
  • Promotes student communication: You'll learn how to include writing activities that encourage students to talk with one another about major themes and editing practices.

Skills Covered

After you read through this chapter, you will be able to:

  • Develop grade-appropriate journal prompts that encourage critical and creative thinking
  • Build reading and writing assignments that focus on Common Core standards
  • Design challenging AP English questions
  • Institute peer editing activities that adhere to grade-appropriate editing checklists

44 Lessons in Chapter 11: Prompts & Project Ideas for Writing
Group Writing Activities

1. Group Writing Activities

Writing in groups can be rewarding, fun, and useful. Take a look at a few of these ideas for group writing activities which can help your students grow in their abilities.

Creative Writing Journal Prompts

2. Creative Writing Journal Prompts

Creative writing journals allow students to practice their skills and learn to better observe the world. Try some of these ideas for creative writing journals and prompts that you could use in your classroom.

Kindergarten Journal Prompts

3. Kindergarten Journal Prompts

When asking kindergarten children to write, it is often more like asking them to elaborately fill in blanks. A good writing prompt for a very young child is the first half of a sentence that leads them to consider the second half and write about it. Older children or more advanced young children should be given complete sentences as writing prompts. This lesson provides several writing prompts for kindergarten, organized by general theme.

Middle School Journal Prompts

4. Middle School Journal Prompts

Middle school is a great time to have students focus on writing, and encourage them to think critically about topics and elaborate on ideas. This lesson includes many examples of writing prompts appropriate for middle school students.

High School Journal Prompts

5. High School Journal Prompts

Keeping a journal can encourage students to be examine their feelings, think more deeply and practice writing skills. Try some of these high school journal prompts to help students develop the habit of keeping a journal.

Paragraph Starters for Essays

6. Paragraph Starters for Essays

Working on how to grab readers with great paragraph starters? This lesson provides some frames and examples of sentence starters you can use to introduce an essay and get readers hooked from the get-go.

Conclusion Paragraph Starters

7. Conclusion Paragraph Starters

Are you working on writing concluding paragraphs with your students? This lesson will teach students why they need to use them and help guide your students in choosing appropriate and engaging starts to wrapping up an essay.

Composition Writing Prompts

8. Composition Writing Prompts

To help students practice their composition writing, it is important for you to give them plenty of practice. This lesson includes some composition writing prompts that you can use in your classroom.

Holiday Writing Prompts

9. Holiday Writing Prompts

Writing about upcoming holidays can give students a break from the doldrums of everyday work. This lesson gives writing prompts in multiple skill levels for Thanksgiving with the idea that teachers can substitute any holiday for each prompt. The three main writing styles are covered within the prompts.

Common Core Writing Activities

10. Common Core Writing Activities

The Common Core Standards set the bar high for our students. Use this lesson plan to create and implement writing activities that support concepts put forth by Common Core Standards. Ideas focus on 5th grade, but they can be adapted for a variety of ages and ability levels.

4th Grade Common Core Writing Activities

11. 4th Grade Common Core Writing Activities

The Common Core State Standards ask fourth graders to develop skills in narrative, persuasive, and explanatory nonfiction writing. The activities in this lesson will help you get your fourth graders going as writers.

Writing-to-Learn Activities

12. Writing-to-Learn Activities

Writing-to-learn activities are generally classified as brief, informal writing assignments designed to help a student review and process course material. This lesson provides teachers with writing-to-learn activities that can be used in the classroom.

Group Story Writing Prompts

13. Group Story Writing Prompts

Are you trying to get your students accustomed to writing stories in groups? The prompts in this lesson will go a long way toward sparking their creativity and engagement as writers.

Round Robin Writing Exercises & Prompts

14. Round Robin Writing Exercises & Prompts

Round robin writing is a fun way to get your students engaged and excited about writing their own stories. Let's review the basics of round robin writing and look at prompts you may use to get your class motivated.

Ideas for Group Writing Projects

15. Ideas for Group Writing Projects

Teaching students how to write does not need to be an individualistic endeavor. Learning how to collaborate on their writing will help students succeed in education as well as the workplace. This lesson gives you some ideas for project that allow students to write as a group.

Mystery Story Writing Activities

16. Mystery Story Writing Activities

Many students find mystery writing captivating and engaging. This lesson offers some activities that will get students thinking about how to write strong mystery stories.

Alien Writing Activities

17. Alien Writing Activities

Alien stories can be everything from invasions of Earth to science fiction stories about traveling amongst the stars. This lesson provides different activities for students to use as their muse for writing about aliens.

Halloween Short Story Writing Prompts

18. Halloween Short Story Writing Prompts

Halloween can be a fun writing topic that inspires a lot of creative ideas. This lesson will include some ideas of writing prompts for your students to create their own spooky stories.

Funny Story Writing Prompts

19. Funny Story Writing Prompts

Many students love to work with humor, and giving them a chance to write funny stories can be a great way to involve them in the writing process. The prompts in this lesson will get your students off to a strong start with writing funny stories.

Adventure Story Writing Prompts

20. Adventure Story Writing Prompts

Whether it's flying through space, becoming a hero, or meeting their favorite celebrity, children will enjoy writing about their real and make-believe adventures.

Romantic Story Writing Prompts

21. Romantic Story Writing Prompts

It can be a challenge to write romance for some students, especially if they get writer's block. This lesson gives a variety of writing prompts that students can use to inspire their own romance story.

Ghost Story Writing Prompts

22. Ghost Story Writing Prompts

Inviting students to explore the paranormal is an engaging way to get them writing creatively. This lesson gives a variety of ghost story writing prompts for students.

Food Writing Prompts

23. Food Writing Prompts

Writing about food can be a great way to make children take ownership over their work and find excitement in the task of writing. This lesson gives you some prompts to get your students writing about food and eating.

Banned Books Essay Prompts

24. Banned Books Essay Prompts

Banning books is a controversial practice. This lesson provides writing prompts to help students explore and think about the implications and consequences of banning books.

Informative Essay Topics for Elementary School

25. Informative Essay Topics for Elementary School

Elementary school students love to feel like experts. This lesson gives you some topics that your students can research and write about when learning about informative essay writing.

Informative Essay Topics for High School

26. Informative Essay Topics for High School

High school students are capable of doing sophisticated research and writing deeply about a variety of topics. These informative essays will help your high school students showcase their expertise and knowledge.

Informative Essay Topics for Middle School

27. Informative Essay Topics for Middle School

Informational writing should be a cornerstone of a middle school writing curriculum. Students need to know how to research and write on a variety of topics. These prompts offer some suggestions for informational writing.

Informative Essay Topics for College

28. Informative Essay Topics for College

College students need to know who to write to inform an audience. Informative writing allows the students to share their expertise on a topic. Read on to find suggestions for what college students can write informatively about.

Narrative Essay Topics for Kids

29. Narrative Essay Topics for Kids

When students write narrative essays, they have the chance to share and reflect on something about themselves. This lesson provides some topics for young students to use when writing narrative essays.

Narrative Essay Topics for Middle School

30. Narrative Essay Topics for Middle School

Many middle school students are capable of writing thoughtful and reflective narrative essays. This lesson offers some narrative topics that are ideal for the strengths and needs of adolescent students.

Narrative Essay Topics for High School

31. Narrative Essay Topics for High School

Narrative essays can be great for helping high school students extend themselves as writers and experiment with different structures and styles. This lesson offers some narrative essay topics that are sure to engage high school students.

Narrative Essay Topics for College Students

32. Narrative Essay Topics for College Students

Narrative essays can be a challenging topic for college students as some shy away from sharing their personal experiences. However, the most emotionally-loaded topics can often provide the best material, so the trick is to craft prompts that tap into students' richest experiences.

Fictional Narrative Writing Prompts for High School

33. Fictional Narrative Writing Prompts for High School

Asking a student to write a fictional narrative can lead to blank stares. Use these fictional narrative writing prompts to help students get started on great creative writing pieces.

Autobiographical Writing Prompts for High School

34. Autobiographical Writing Prompts for High School

An important part of writing well is drawing from your own experience, and autobiographical writing gives students this chance. However, sometimes they still need a little prompting. Use these prompts to engage students in autobiographical writing.

Humorous Narrative Essay Topics

35. Humorous Narrative Essay Topics

Sometimes, the best way to get students writing is to encourage them to be funny. This lesson offers some prompts and topics for students to use when writing humorous narrative essays.

First-Person Narrative Essay Topics

36. First-Person Narrative Essay Topics

Writing assignments can cause students to blank out on creativity. This lesson offers creative and varied prompts to help your students create interesting first-person narratives.

Cultural Narrative Essay Topics

37. Cultural Narrative Essay Topics

While the thought of essay writing may elicit a collective groan from your students, the choice of topic can alleviate some of the apprehension. This lesson provides teachers with cultural narrative essay topics designed for classroom use.

Historical Narrative Essay Topics

38. Historical Narrative Essay Topics

Writing historical narrative essays can be a great way to combine your students' awareness of history and social studies with their familiarity with the writing process. The topics in this lesson will help get students of all ages and abilities writing!

Personal Narrative Essay Topics

39. Personal Narrative Essay Topics

Writing personal narratives can be one of the best ways to get students involved in the writing process. This lesson introduces you to personal narrative essays and offers some topics that will get students of all ages writing.

Expressive Writing Prompts for Middle School

40. Expressive Writing Prompts for Middle School

As a teacher of middle school students, you may be interested in helping them express themselves without inhibition. This lesson provides expressive writing prompts that you can use with young adolescents.

Music Writing Prompts for High School

41. Music Writing Prompts for High School

Students can be motivated when they are allowed to write about a topic that is of personal interest. The writing prompts provided in this lesson give teachers an opportunity to see how students express themselves on the topic of music.

Photo Writing Prompts for Middle School

42. Photo Writing Prompts for Middle School

Getting middle school students to write does not have to be an uphill battle! This lesson offers prompts you can use to get your middle school students writing about photographs.

Fall Writing Prompts for Middle School

43. Fall Writing Prompts for Middle School

This resource will make it easy to incorporate fall writing prompts into your daily middle school language arts instruction, facilitating high-interest writing practice for your students.

New Year Writing Prompts for Middle School

44. New Year Writing Prompts for Middle School

Getting middle school students writing is not always easy, but once they get going, they often have a lot to say. The prompts in this lesson are oriented toward helping your students write about the new year.

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