This collection of descriptive, narrative, expository, and persuasive prompts sparks students’ imaginations, scaffolds the writing process, and gets them prepared for the writing tests. Teachers choose from highly-motivating topics, such as an outrageous monster-for-sale ad that leads to narrative writing and a kid-invented holiday that students must persuade their principals to observe. Reproducible activity pages for each prompt include brainstorming guidance, a list of words to enhance writing, tips on organizing the writing, a graphic organizer designed just for that prompt, and a model lead. A great way to target the standards-based forms of writing!
Setting the Stage:
Before students start writing, it is important to set the atmosphere. Teaching writing is most effective when done with emotion and fire. It is essential to stimulate young writers right from the beginning. Kids love to hear exciting and hard-to-believe facts and figures about their writing topic, like “Did you know that Evel Knievel tried to break a world record by jumping over thirteen delivery trucks with his motorcycle? He ended up breaking his collarbone, right arm, and both legs.” Writing a story about something crazy that they have once done should be effortless for your students after hearing about a stunt like that.