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!