Over 200 Writing Prompts for Essays, Journals, and Reader Responses



Introduction

I sincerely hope that you can use many of the writing prompts presented here in your lesson plans throughout the school year.

For your convenience, I have divided them into three categories: prompts for formal practice essays, reader's response questions, and prompts for journal writing.

Prompts for Formal Practice Essays

During my last few years at Twin Lakes Middle School, we used the following prompts for formal, five-paragraph, practice essays in preparation for standardized testing.

We normally conducted four practice essays during a typical school year. Of course, at that rate, there are enough prompts here for two and a half school years.

Here are those persuasive and expository prompts.

Readers Response Questions and Statements

At Twin Lakes, all students were required to bring independent reading books with them to each of their classes. That way, when they had some "down time," they could read while others were finishing assignments and activities.

Part of our weekly schedule in language arts classes was Readers Workshop. Students read silently for 15 minutes and then wrote for 10 minutes in their Reader Response Journals.

We used these reader response questions/statements.

Prompts for Journal Writing

Also part of our weekly schedule in language arts classes was Writers Workshop. Teachers selected a prompt, and students had 10 minutes to spontaneously write about that prompt in their composition books.

Students' entries became sources for more formal essays, stories, and material to share from the Author's Chair.

By the end of the year, they had a complete book that they had authored themselves!

We used these prompts for journal writing.

Conclusion

As I'm sure you will agree, students at Twin Lakes did a LOT of reading and writing. But, our reading and writing scores earned our school the grade of "A" five years in a row from the state of Florida.

We figured, and there is research to back this up, that the more reading and writing students do, the better students get at both.

Best wishes to you and your students!





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