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National Day Calendar Classroom - April 8-14, 2018 - Week 29

Let the ink flow and words fill the pages. National Encourage a Young Writer Day on April 10 will be the focus in the classroom this week. We also hope National Scrabble Day on April 13 will find a way to challenge a few.

Lesson: National Encourage a Young Writer Day with writing prompts
Writing prompts are an excellent way to break into a new style of writing. They can offer a young writer a new challenge or instant inspiration. They come as scene starters, simple phrases, visual or auditory prompts.  Here we offer a list of prompts to use in your classroom.  Challenge your students to use these prompts for inspiration and creativity.

  • When she opened her hand, a single white feather swirled into the air.
  • Pickles. Sour, nasty pickles.
  • There were three doors on the south side of the gymnasium. The black one was always locked. We never knew why.
  • In the bright light I couldn’t make out the face, but the voice seemed familiar.
  • “Count ’em! Fourteen!”
  • The clouds puffed along like smoke from a train that day.
  • Thump. Thump. Thump. Then nothing.
  • The postmark was dated April 10, 2018.
  • The note taped to the door read, “I’ll be back in an hour.” That was three days ago.
  • She rang the bell on her tricycle over and over. The joy on her face reached her eyes and spread to those around her.
  • The last candle on the cake wouldn’t stay lit.
  • In a fit of giggles, we crumpled to the ground.
  • The cat crouched on the highest branch of the tree and cried.
  • Squinting at the playbook, the x’s and o’s blurred.
  • I was soaked by the spray of a taxi speeding through a large puddle on my way to my next appointment.

Lesson 2: Give a prompt, take a prompt
Have your students create a list of prompts to add classroom prompt book. The more who provide inspiration, the more the class can encourage each other to write and grow their creativity.

We’ve included a couple of visual prompts for young writers, too!

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