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Free printables for how to create a paragraph, free tutorials on proofreading or in-text citations, current events, asking what they would read to a dog {and other important opinions}, story writing,  and much more—you’ll find it all here.

Looking for engaging prompts for your teens? You’ll find those here. >>

Interested in writing prompts for the whole family? Could you use an assortment of prompts bundled together for certain topics or for varying grade levels? Free tutorials and printables included. Find them all here. >>

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5 Prompts on Quotations

Posted by on May 22, 2016 in Middle School Prompts | Comments Off on 5 Prompts on Quotations

5 Prompts on Quotations

MIDDLE SCHOOL PROMPTS

Enjoy this variety of writing prompts drawn from quotations by famous characters and people!

 

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1. Star Wars

“Your eyes can deceive you. Don’t trust them.”

That quote is from the Star Wars character Obi-Wan Kenobi.

Have you ever looked at something and been confused or tricked by what you saw? When have your eyes deceived you? Write your story. (more…)

Fun with Outlines. No, Really.

Posted by on May 8, 2016 in High School Prompts, Middle School Prompts, Sharon's Blog, Writing Prompts | Comments Off on Fun with Outlines. No, Really.

Fun with Outlines. No, Really.

SHARON’S BLOG

Could your students use a little help creating outlines? And what does a bowl of salad have to do with outlines?

My husband tells me he always made his outlines after he’d seen what he had written. I imagine this is fairly common.

But is an outline necessary? Not exactly. You can read about my sticky-note method here.

What is important, though, is organizing the material, and that is where students have trouble. They do not want to take the time to organize their thoughts, ideas, or material before they write.

Personally, I benefit from even a casual outline. That way, I don’t have to start with the introduction and work my way down to the conclusion; I have the pleasure of beginning wherever I like, where I feel the most comfortable. Then I can fill in the rest of my article later by using the organized points in my informal outline.

Whether your students use sticky notes or a more formal outline, they’ll benefit from these fun writing prompts. (more…)

Word Choices: From Boring to Glowing

Posted by on Apr 24, 2016 in High School Prompts, Middle School Prompts, Sharon's Blog, Writing Prompts | Comments Off on Word Choices: From Boring to Glowing

Word Choices: From Boring to Glowing

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Our word choices can have a huge impact on our readers. Or the words can muddle them. Let me give you an example.

If I write that a toddler is a good eater, I suddenly have a communication problem. The word “good” is not specific enough. Does “good” mean that the toddler is neat while eating? Does it mean that the child eats a large quantity of food or perhaps a variety of food without complaining? My readers will not have a clear idea of my meaning.

Your middle school students will learn this in the first writing prompt. I’ve written a very boring paragraph about something that seemed exciting to the student, but the words I selected were flat, overused, and not specific enough.

Teens will have fun with the second writing prompt as they practice using specific words and phrases to put a point across or create a focused mood.

Ready? Let’s go . . . (more…)

Do Monsters Exist?

Posted by on Apr 17, 2016 in Middle School Prompts, MS Exposition, MS Narration, Opinion | Comments Off on Do Monsters Exist?

Do Monsters Exist?

MIDDLE SCHOOL PROMPTS

Hundreds of thousands of tourists visit a particular site in Scotland each year, hoping to see a monster. What are they looking for?

It turns out that tourists are not the only ones looking for something. Operation Groundtruth has begun a search for the Loch Ness Monster (“Nessie”), a monster some claim they have seen. They are using a marine robot equipped with sonar to search the depths of the loch.

Nessie, if she exists, is thought to be a marine reptile, perhaps a plesiosaur, left over from the age of dinosaurs.

What has Operation Groundtruth found so far? The steep sides of the loch, the deep trench of the loch, and even a World War II airplane lying on the bottom of the loch. No Nessie. Yet.

 

 

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Prompts about the Grand Canyon

Posted by on Apr 10, 2016 in High School Prompts, Middle School Prompts, Sharon's Blog, Writing Prompts | Comments Off on Prompts about the Grand Canyon

Prompts about the Grand Canyon

SHARON’S BLOG

Burros, tall tales, and fears: You can find them all in the Grand Canyon. In 1893, the Grand Canyon was made a Forest Reserve and then later a National Monument. It became a national park in 1919, just three years after the National Park Service was formed. Which prompt about this amazing formation will your students enjoy? (more…)

3 Types of Poems for Poetry Month

Posted by on Apr 3, 2016 in High School Prompts, Middle School Prompts, Poetry, Sharon's Blog, Writing Prompts | Comments Off on 3 Types of Poems for Poetry Month

3 Types of Poems for Poetry Month

SHARON’S BLOG

Would you like to give your students some practice in writing poetry? With these guided prompts, your students do not have to “sit down and write a poem” but will surprise you by creating something fun and maybe even memorable. Here goes . . . (more…)

Symbols of Easter

Posted by on Mar 20, 2016 in Middle School Prompts, MS Exposition | Comments Off on Symbols of Easter

Symbols of Easter

MIDDLE SCHOOL PROMPTS

Eggs have long been symbols of spring and of Easter. They represent new life and new beginnings.

So does Jesus’ resurrection. Death has been conquered! There is new life in Jesus.

You are hiding Easter eggs of various sizes for young children to find.

Inside each plastic egg is a jelly bean and little objects that represent parts of the Last Supper, trial, crucifixion, and resurrection of Jesus. In other words, they stand for different parts of the Easter account, like these: events, people, food, places where the events took place, truths, and so on. (more…)