Sunday, January 1, 2012

20 Back from Winter Break Writing Prompts

Two whole weeks without school...what have those kids been doing all that time? What are they looking forward to in the new year? One great way to find out is to have your students write about it! I got a little help from some of my friends on facebook to compile this list of 20 interesting prompts to start your writing year off right!

  1. Write about the best gift you gave to someone else. What made it so special?
  2. How would you fill your vacation time if you did not have any screens (no computers, video games, or TV)? -contributed by Emily Watts McGrady
  3. Describe in detail a person you spent a lot of time with over break.
  4. Write about something you did with your family over break.
  5. Write about a place that you went over the break. 
  6. Write about a positive or negative emotion you felt that had nothing to do with gifts. -contributed by Liz Leon
  7. How did your bring joy or happiness to someone else this season?  -contributed by Addie Education
  8. Make a pie chart that represents your entire Winter break. Create sections for the different things you did over the break. Be sure to make the sections proportional to the amount of time you spent doing each activity. Label your pie chart.
  9. Write about something that happened last year that you think you will remember for the rest of your life.
  10. How would you like to change your life this year?  -contributed by Michelle Callie Higgins
  11. Write about a way you can help to make your community a better place to live this year.  -contributed by Lisa Travis
  12. Write about the best New Years Eve party that you can imagine.
  13. Make a different New Years wish for ten different people in your life.
  14. Write about something you are looking forward to doing this year.
  15. Write about something that you are worried or nervous about this year.
  16. Write about something you hope will get invented this year. 
  17. Finish this sentence in ten different ways: This year I hope...
  18. Start your writing with: This will be the best year ever because...
  19. Make a list of at least ten ways that your life is different now than it was a year ago.
  20. Make a list of at least ten ways that you think your life will be different a year from now.
You can get 252 more terrific prompts in fun Tic-Tac-Toe grids right here!


4 comments:

Victoria said...

Thank you so much for these prompt ideas. I found you site on pinterest and so glad that I did.

Happy New Year!

Patty said...

Thank you!

Rachel Lynette said...

You are both very welcome...and I love that you found me on Pinterest! So addicting, that site!

Laura@InspiredTeacher said...

Hi there, Rachel Lynette,

My name is Laura and I run the new collective blog called InspiredTeacher.net. We are working to give encouragement and inspiration to teachers. I stumbled on your teaching blog today and loved all your practical ideas!

I just wanted to connect with you via webworld and let you know about a new thing we are doing our way called Teaching Tip Tuesday where people can link up a past post they've written giving a practical teaching tip! This post would work great!(Really all of your posts would!) We are giving away some sweet stuff over there for it, and would love to have you involved if you have a sec!

Thanks, Rachel Lynette, and I look forward to connecting with you again! The link is: http://www.inspiredteacher.net/2012/01/teaching-tips-tuesdays/

Our plan is to run it every Tuesday, if you'd like to jump in! Have a great day!

Laura Parker

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