9 Ways to Use Writing Prompts in the Upper Elementary Classroom will help you get the most out of your writing time with simple lesson plan ideas.
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9 Ways to Use Writing Prompts
Start your day by creating a routine of students responding to a writing prompt in a journal or notebook. Be explicit with your instructions in how much or how long they should be writing in response to the prompt.
Add a variety of writing prompts to your literacy centers. Research has shown that students produce better writing when they have choice over what they are responding to.
Laminate prompts used before and leave in a place where students who finish early know they have activities to complete. Allowing them to use a dry erase marker makes writing more interesting and exciting. Plus they now have the option of choosing a prompt to respond to.
Keep 2-3 prompts available with your substitute lesson plans. This is a quick and easy lesson that you can always have planned and ready to go in advance.
A carousel activity is writing as a team and as each team moves from table to table throughout the room, they get to practice and focus on writing different parts of the story. Read More…
A quick write is a timed writing response. Depending upon the topic I give my students anywhere from 30 seconds to 5 minutes to write. This is a great way to spark ideas before moving onto a bigger project or reviewing material.
Two Students One Prompt. The students become co-authors working together to create the best beginning, middle, and end in response to the prompt.
We have all had those moment when we just need a break to reset. Diaries are a great example of writing to both record what has occurred but also to reflect on the events and reset our tone. This is a great tool to use whole class after recess or if someone is having a bad day.
Writing is an essential component of any standardized test. The more practice our students get the more prepared they will be for the upcoming test.
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Each month get 30 picture prompts aligned to CCSS standards. Each set covers the full spectrum of required writing for the year plus seasonal and holiday prompts.
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