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April 1, 2016

Free Printable Prompts to Spring Writing to Life

By John DePasquale
Grades 3–5, 6–8

    Could your writing prompts use a touch of spring cleaning?

    I always keep lists of writing prompts readily available in my classroom to help students in those inevitable I-have-absolutely-no-idea-what-to-write moments. As a healthy shot of inspiration, thoughtful writing prompts are an excellent remedy to keep students writing even through those debilitating moments of acute writer's block. I know it’s one of the most difficult challenges at any age for writers, but I encourage my students to always continue to write especially when it’s hard. 

    This important lesson is echoed in what is truly my go-to resource as a writing teacher: Spilling Ink: A Young Writer’s Handbook. Accomplished writers, Anne Mazer and Ellen Potter share sound advice with young writers in an honest and forthright way that holds nothing back and really tells it like it is to experience and respond to certain inescapable frustrations as a writer. I share this pearl of their sage guidance early with my students: If you idly wait for inspiration, your ideas will dry up. But if you keep writing, sooner or later, inspiration will appear. 

    This springtime, I encourage you to breath life into the prompts you share with students as you continue to inspire the writers in your classroom. 

     

    April Writing Prompts

    From April Fool’s Day to Earth Day, these timely writing prompts from Scholastic Printables are sure to jumpstart your students’ creative writing ideas. To make them even better, when you subscribe now to Printables, you get a month's free trial. I simply print the prompts onto colored paper, cut them out, glue them into my students’ writers’ notebooks, then step back and let writers write. Nothing could be easier!

    If you’re looking for even more writing prompts, Genia Connell has you covered. Head over to her blog post "Ready-to-Go Spring Writing Prompts" for a treasure trove of writing ideas. 

    What writing prompts push your students’ pens? Please share the prompts that work best for you!

    Could your writing prompts use a touch of spring cleaning?

    I always keep lists of writing prompts readily available in my classroom to help students in those inevitable I-have-absolutely-no-idea-what-to-write moments. As a healthy shot of inspiration, thoughtful writing prompts are an excellent remedy to keep students writing even through those debilitating moments of acute writer's block. I know it’s one of the most difficult challenges at any age for writers, but I encourage my students to always continue to write especially when it’s hard. 

    This important lesson is echoed in what is truly my go-to resource as a writing teacher: Spilling Ink: A Young Writer’s Handbook. Accomplished writers, Anne Mazer and Ellen Potter share sound advice with young writers in an honest and forthright way that holds nothing back and really tells it like it is to experience and respond to certain inescapable frustrations as a writer. I share this pearl of their sage guidance early with my students: If you idly wait for inspiration, your ideas will dry up. But if you keep writing, sooner or later, inspiration will appear. 

    This springtime, I encourage you to breath life into the prompts you share with students as you continue to inspire the writers in your classroom. 

     

    April Writing Prompts

    From April Fool’s Day to Earth Day, these timely writing prompts from Scholastic Printables are sure to jumpstart your students’ creative writing ideas. To make them even better, when you subscribe now to Printables, you get a month's free trial. I simply print the prompts onto colored paper, cut them out, glue them into my students’ writers’ notebooks, then step back and let writers write. Nothing could be easier!

    If you’re looking for even more writing prompts, Genia Connell has you covered. Head over to her blog post "Ready-to-Go Spring Writing Prompts" for a treasure trove of writing ideas. 

    What writing prompts push your students’ pens? Please share the prompts that work best for you!

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