Video clips make wonderful writing prompts, and (best of all) they bring new life and excitement into our writing workshop just when we need it most. I am always on the lookout for interesting clips which I save to Pinterest or just on my hard drive (some day, when I have five free minutes, I intend to organize them in folders with easy to search for labels), and I tag these with ideas for different types of prompts. The idea is to present my kids with a variety of writing options with which to try out a variety of writing skills. Here are some of my favorites:
I hope everyone had a great 4th of July! I spent the day yesterday procrastinating from unpacking, painting, and cleaning. The good news? I found some incredible sites for writing! My kids in the past have always been more interested in my writing lessons that have been centered around images. I decided to do a google search to find some interesting pictures that they could write from and I came across the mother lode!!!
"If you don't know about Luke Neff already, you MUST click here. His writing prompts are A-mazing! They are geared to the upper grades, but I can completely see some higher fourth graders or any fifth graders digging these prompts. For you younger grade teachers, I can see you getting some good ideas and adapting them to meet the needs of your kids. I spent hours yesterday going through his archived prompts. Again...A-mazing! I will definitely be using some of them next year in my writing block! If you are overwhelmed by the amount of writing prompts at my link above, here is a list of Luke's "most tried and true" writing prompts he uses. If you have the time though, it's worth going through the others as well. Of course, some of the prompts are way too difficult and/or not appropriate for the younger students, so use your best judgment! :) "
The Snapshot Writing Tool is designed to put students in a specific moment in time using a visual prompt such as a photo or video and then write about what you see? What you hear? What you smell? What you taste? and what you feel? Drawing upon all 5 senses.
The snapshot writing tool will really encourage your students create visual imagery within their writing, and they have a great deal of fun putting themselves in the perspective of the picture.
Students can either use a photo of their own anlongside the tool or alternately you can access my collection of 150 Amazing writing prompts here.
In a bid to build trust between her and her students, Schwartz thought up a lesson plan called "I Wish My Teacher Knew."
For the activity, Schwartz's third graders jot down a thought for their teacher, sharing something they'd like her to know about them.
"I let students determine if they would like to answer anonymously," she says. "I have found that most students are not only willing to include their name, but also enjoy sharing with the class. Even when what my students are sharing is sensitive in nature, most students want their classmates to know.
Dennis T OConnor's insight:
Writing teachers have a special window into the lives of their students. Develop the trust in your classroom and help your kids to write from the heart. What you'll learn about their lives will stay with you forever.
"During this first week of school, I wanted to inspire my students to be creative and have fun with their learning. In years past I have always struggled to make my writing lessons fun and engaging, yet productive. This is year I decided to introduce writing with the help of my favorite tech tool: Augmented Reality! "I gave the students a choice to pick one of the 10 different coloring pages from the app ColAR Mix, and use the image on the page as a prompt to write a creative story. There was only two rules for the assignment: 1. Have fun 2. Use your imagination "The students got started right away, some writing their story first, and some coloring. Many students were very excited about their stories saying, "Can I please share my story?!" This all happened because I gave the students a choice to create what they wanted and NOT what I wanted. "
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Find an audio clip that relates to your story. Maybe it’s the sound of a train, or crickets, or rain falling on a sidewalk (YouTube is a good resource for this). Play the clip for about one minute before you begin writing. What rhythms do you hear? What metaphors can you pull out of the sound? What kind of atmosphere does the sound create? Wistful? Frustrating? Intense?
… and GO! Play the clip on repeat for 5 minutes while you write.
Today’s writing prompts are inspired by poetry but that doesn’t mean they have to inspire a poem. Use them to write anything you want; a short story, a blog post, a journal entry, or a freewrite. You might even try writing a song, keeping in mind that song lyrics are a type of poetry in their own right.
Prompts are handy tools. Students should learn how to write from prompts. However, never slam the door shut on a student generated topic. Instead encourage students to generate their own prompts whenever they can.
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