When I give my students prompts, they are motivated and enthusiastic to write. I agree that students need the freedom to choose a topic of their choice. I assume that happens more often than writing to a prompt. Depending on the grade and student, some may have difficulty choosing a topic to write about. So let's give children the choice... prompt or choose a topic. As teachers, we need to find a balance. In addition, imagination and creativity increases with both.
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