Ever pass out a writing prompt and student say "I don't like that topic!" or "I don't like to write!" or "I'm not going to write!"??? I remember feeling the same way in school because I sometimes couldn't relate to the topic; it just didn't interest me.
You talk with those students, plead, beg and practically stand on your head to get them to write at least one or two sentences. Sound familiar?
When I was in school, the back to school prompt was always..... ready? I'm sure you know what it is..
WrIte an essay on what you did over the summer vacation.
Should I really write about the time I told my mother I was bored one hot summer day. She told me to go fry and egg. And I did! On the driveway and the white of the lovely fried egg left a permanent mark on our driveway. Needless to say, my father wasn't particularly happy about it. It was a new driveway! Uh oh
At the time, I doubted it would go over big with my teacher, so I wrote about going to Girl Scout camp. Whoop dee doo. She probably had to read 20 essays about Girl Scout camp.
Over the years I've collected many prompts and I asked the kids what types of prompts they'd like.
These prompt really get the pencils moving! They're also good for lively discussion topics!
Best part is, they're free :)