Tip #9: Create Your Own Writing Prompts

Dddtix_52 (from Lance Rouguex, PA/DE Field Manager)

When I taught sixth grade, my students started each and every day with a journal entry in response to some sort of writing prompt I developed.  In September and October, the prompts were fresh and exciting and the students loved to respond.  However, come May, the well would often run dry and I struggled to develop thought-provoking, engaging prompts.  If only I had unitedstreaming!

Check out the series of Writing Prompts under Learning Tools. Writingprompts1  Their simplicity makes them powerful.  Find one you like, click on it and view a preview in the unitedstreaming media player.  Then, if you want to project the prompt for your class to see, print it out or even make changes, just click on the View Writing Prompt link.

Icon_ltwritingprompt_1 When the prompt opens, you can make changes if you want by saving the prompt as a Word document.  With the prompt open: File > Save As > Give it a name with the .doc extension (e.g., SpiderPrompt.doc).  Then re-open it using Word and edit away.

A neat trick when editing the writing prompts (or even when you or your students create new prompts), go to Google’s Language Tools.  Use the translater to develop writing prompts in many different languages.

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As always, I am
Ubiquitiously yours,
Karen

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