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! 

Return to Daily Teaching Tools from Writing Prompts



Follow Me on Pinterest

New! Comments

Have your say about what you just read! Leave me a comment in the box below.
Custom Search
Word of the Day

first-class

Definition: Very good; of the highest quality.
Synonyms: excellent, fantabulous, splendid

Article of the Day

Daily Grammar Lesson

Idiom of the Day

born in the purple

Born into royalty. Purple is a color traditionally associated with royalty.

This Day in History

Today's Birthday

Today's Holiday

Hola Mohalla

Hola Mohalla is a three-day Sikh festival celebrated in Anandpur Sahib, Punjab, India, on the day after Holi, the colorful water-tossing springtime festival. Mock battles with ancient weapons are staged, and there are also exhibitions of traditional martial arts like archery and fencing. The important Sikh prophet, Guru Gobind Singh, started this fair sometime between 1680 and 1700. More...

Quote of the Day
For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf, and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack.
Rudyard Kipling
(1865-1936)

Word Trivia

Today's topic: stalk

stipe - A stalk or stem of a seaweed, fungus, or fern frond. More...

cranberry - First crane berry, so named because the plant grows on a stalk that looks like a crane's neck. More...

spire - In Old English, it meant "stalk" or "stem." More...

stalk - In a car, the flexible arm holding the mounting by which a seatbelt is secured. More...


Grammar Quiz

Spelling Bee
difficulty level:
score: -
please wait...
 
spell the word: