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The Best Creative Writing Prompts from the Internet

The Best Creative Writing Prompts from the Internet | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Today, I am turning my blog over to Nikolas Baron of Grammarly with a post that should appeal to writers. Whether you've hit a dry spell or are just looking to flex your creative muscle, I think yo...

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Teach them to write without prompts (but have a few good ones in your back pocket for those that need them).

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Charles Fischer's curator insight, May 24, 8:50 AM

Enough prompts for anyone, anywhere!

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27 Ways to Obtain Students Attention ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

27 Ways to Obtain Students Attention ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

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Seems to me that this infographic speaks to all instruction, but particularly to writers and the teaching of writing.

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ozziegontang's curator insight, May 5, 4:48 AM

Nothing to add.  Just read it and reflect.

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Video Writing Prompts: Keeping kids engaged in those "between units and right before vacation days."

Video Writing Prompts: Keeping kids engaged in those "between units and right before vacation days." | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

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:

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5 great writing warm up activities... and what they lead to | Teach them English

5 great writing warm up activities... and what they lead to | Teach them English | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Warm up activities that get learners writing can be fantastic for getting the creative juices flowing while also giving a focused start to your lesson.

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Mother Lode of Creative Writing Prompts | 5th Grade Rocks, 5th Grade Rules

Mother Lode of Creative Writing Prompts | 5th Grade Rocks, 5th Grade Rules | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

by Mimi

 

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! :) "


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Jim Lerman's curator insight, July 7, 2013 11:51 PM

Definitely NOT just for 5th grades.

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180 Journal Writing Prompts: Enough for Every Day of the School Year

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Journal Writing Prompts: These high-interest prompts will encourage kids to describe, explain, persuade, and narrate every day of the school year.


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I believe you should teach your students how to write without prompts. That said, it's great to have prompts available when the pump needs priming. 

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Featured Video Writing Prompts | TeachHUB

Featured Video Writing Prompts | TeachHUB | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

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Video prompts sound like an effective idea.  All I'd add is to make a prompt optional.  If a young writer already has a topic in mind, let them run with it. 

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BookChook's curator insight, April 30, 2013 4:45 PM

Lots of vids to use as writing prompts with kids. Many are movie trailers. They are accompanied by questions to tease out kids' thoughts on topics. 

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Writing Prompts

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a sampling of writing prompts for all ages
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This is the 'prompts page' of a much deeper and richer site dedicated to organizing and presenting web based about writing and writing insruction. 

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The Snapshot Writing Tool: Help Students Create Visual Imagery Within Their Writing

The Snapshot Writing Tool: Help Students Create Visual Imagery Within Their Writing | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

From Kevin's fabulous Edgalaxy Blog:

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.


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I'm always interested in a good prompt!

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Sarah Gordon-Church's curator insight, October 1, 2013 3:22 AM

This is a FANTASTIC way to overcome the hesitant, fearful writer, the emerging writer, and the advanced writer all in one scoop! :) I have used this with success EVERY YEAR! The kids love it, it's relatable and produces some amazing alternatives to the boring form writing. This makes writing come alive for so many of my students! It boosts confidence and changes "Ugh, do we hafta write?" to "OOOOO! Can we do some more snapshot writing today!?!PLEASE!" 

Daiga Kalnina's curator insight, October 2, 2013 2:39 AM

Forša ideja!

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Finding Nemo Video Writing Prompts

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Students will use a short video clip from Finding Nemo to discuss animal behavior.

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Fingerprints! | mydogatemyclassroom

Fingerprints! | mydogatemyclassroom | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

All you’ll need for this is an ink pad, white paper, something to write with (maybe fun colored pencils or markers) and a photocopier.

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25 Beautifully Illustrated Thought-Provoking Questions

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25 Beautifully Illustrated Thought-Provoking Questions...


Compelling writing prompts.

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10 Ways To Start A Story

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Read the title?

 

Good.

 

Let’s get started.


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My Life In 20 Lines - a simple storytelling activity

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Here's a simple idea for practicing the past simple with lower level students. I got it from Quora, a website that allows its users to ask and answer each other questions. Unlike other similar site...
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I'm considering this for an online icebreaker. I have no doubt it would make a great writing course activity!

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Maryalice Leister's curator insight, May 24, 9:13 AM

Check out Quora, all. This is indeed an excellent exercise and I agree with Dennis O'Connor - would make a wonderful online icebreaker for a digital classroom. Exciting!

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15+ Resources to Inspire Writing with Digital Prompts : Teacher Reboot Camp

15+ Resources to Inspire Writing with Digital Prompts : Teacher Reboot Camp | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

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BookChook's curator insight, December 23, 2013 12:23 AM

Websites and other ideas with writing prompts to spark student writing. 

Terry Doherty's curator insight, December 23, 2013 4:17 PM

I am (admittedly) a HUGE fan of writing prompts. They aren't just for school, either. They are wonderful "teasers" for dinner-table conversation, too. 

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NaBloPoMo Writing Prompts

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Good prompts are ones that anyone can respond to, that aren't aimed specifically at women, or at men, or at people who hold a certain belief -- but that tap into the broad human experience.

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Augmented Reality to Inspire Creative Writing ~ Two Guys and Some iPads

Augmented Reality to Inspire Creative Writing ~ Two Guys and Some iPads | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

by Drew Minock


"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. "


 - See more at: http://www.twoguysandsomeipads.com/2013/09/augmented-reality-to-inspire-creative.html#sthash.eeUegO2O.dpuf


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Teaching Authors--6 Children's Authors Who Also Teach Writing: Wednesday Writing Workout: An Audio Exercise

Teaching Authors--6 Children's Authors Who Also Teach Writing: Wednesday Writing Workout: An Audio Exercise | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

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.

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Reflect & Write Photo Prompts, Writing · Creativity-Portal

Reflect & Write Photo Prompts, Writing · Creativity-Portal | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Articles and excerpts based on Reflect and Write: 270 Poems and Photographs to Inspire Writing by Elizabeth Guy and Hank Kellner.

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Poetry-Inspired Writing Prompts

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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.
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Visual Writing Prompts

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(by John T. Spencer)

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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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oneword™

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one word. so little time.

Simple. You’ll see one word at the top of the following screen.
You have sixty seconds to write about it.
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Here's a clever little one minute writing prompt system.

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6 persuasive writing prompts

6 persuasive writing prompts | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Smart vs. Swag
I deserve a day off
Hospitals or phones?
IQ vs. EI
Persuade the aliens to let us keep earth.

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WritingFix for Kids: The Wacky WordGame

WritingFix for Kids: The Wacky WordGame | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

For young writers: launching a VERY creative story when some wacky nouns and verbs come together

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How to Flourish in Your Writing (Plus Three Writing Prompts) by Natalie Goldberg

How to Flourish in Your Writing (Plus Three Writing Prompts) by Natalie Goldberg | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Republished with permission from Open Road Media from Natalie Goldberg's Facebook page.

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