Many teachers seem more comfortable
providing a daily prompt for
students. A prompt may be a
sentence to complete, a question to
respond to, or even the writing of
I received this e mail about the
writing prompts. What a wonderful
I home school my children and we
keep a journal jar. I printed out a
few pages of writing ideas and cut
them up and put them in a jar they
decorated. Each day they pick out a
slip with a writing idea on it and
write about it. They like it,
because picking out of the jar is
like opening a present, they never
know what they will pick out and it
excites them. Shannon from PA
Writing in a Journal
1. Pick one fun thing to write about.
about something that happened to you.
3. Use words
that will help readers picture what happened.
4. Tell why the event was so much fun.
5. Check your spelling and handwriting.
Hopefully these prompts will motivate your
students. Feel free to print this out.
If I were the teacher, I would...
If I were a leaf, I would... (snowflake,
wind, rain, etc.)
If I could get anything in the world for my
birthday, it would be...(Tell me what you'd
do with it.)
My hero is...(Tell me why.)
Describe a nightmare that you had recently.
I remember when _____ taught me to_____.
Describe how. (I remember when my father
taught me to tie my shoes.)
Visit our writing on this.
A joke that makes me laugh is...
My favorite foods...
The foods I dislike are...
When I grow up I want to be.. (Why?)
Is there an event that took place in your
life that has changed you? Tell me how.
Tell me about your pet (s). If you don't
have any, what kind of pet would you like to
I was most angry when...
I was most happy when...
I was most disappointed when...
My favorite holiday is... Tell me why
If I looked under your bed, what would I
Describe your perfect vacation.
My worst mistake was...
Sometimes I wish that...
What would you do if you were Principal for
What would you do if you were the President?
If you could change places with anyone, who
would it be and why?
You could go anywhere in the world. Where
would it be, what would you do, and why?
You have an extra $1,000,000 to give away;
you cannot spend it on yourself. What would
you do with the money?
How would you make this world a better place
to live in?
Tell me about your family.
Tell me about your best friend. Why is that
person your best friend?
If you were an animal, what kind would you
be and why?
What is silence to you?
What is your favorite season?
What is your favorite animal? If you were
this animal what would you do? (where does
it live, what does it eat, how does it
protect itself, etc.)
What I know about...(Could be anything you
are studying, or anything the child knows a
My favorite book is...
My favorite character is...
If I could be any color in a crayon box, I
If I were a fireman, I would... (a flag,
plant, pencil, box, a book, etc.)
My favorite movie is...
Ten things that make me laugh. (cry, make me
A list of things I'll never do.
Ten crazy reasons why I couldn't do my
If I were...(mother, father, teacher) I
in by Liza Oct. 6, '04:
friend were an alien, we would....
If I were an (animal) I would....
One dark cold night I saw (fictional)
Submitted by Deanne, 19 years old and an
aspiring writer. Good Luck, Deanna!
Oct. 23, '05
I'm on top of the world...
- What is your favorite day of the week and why?
- Describe your perfect house.
- 10 types of food or dishes I've never eaten
that I'd like to try
- How do you feel about the holidays?
- What did you do before we had the internet?
- What is the nicest thing you've done for
- What would happen if children ruled the world?
- What would you do if you were the teacher and
everyone forgot their homework?
- What would happen if you found gold in your
- How would your life be if you had a pet
to add to your writing and visit
Our Poetry and Writing.
I do poetry on Friday. I send home the sloppy
copy and keep the good copy in a bin. In June,
I give back to each individual child their
poetry. Then we sort it out according to
months and date. When the kids have all of
their poetry in order, they make a book called:
My Poetry Booklet. They decorate it, and
put the teacher and year they did this on the
cover. The last page in the book is called:
Poetry is... I have a brainstorm session with
the kids so they can tell me what poetry was
throughout the year. (fun, rhyming, awesome,
terrific, a great way to write, etc.) Then they
sign everyone's booklet using one or more words
to fill in the blank. Because of the size of the
booklet I must use an electric stapler to
Kids have come back to me throughout my career
to tell me that they still remember poetry and
they have their poetry booklet tucked away.
Read what one graduate said:
Poetry is a great way to express oneself! It
creates a mood and evokes images of nature and
beauty. Anyone can do it!
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