Use monthly writing prompts to encourage writing in the classroom and watch your students become amazing authors! Monthly writing prompts are fun because they are made specifically for each month and can match the holidays or themes associated with each month.
Teaching writing can be challenging for many reasons, like a lack of a curriculum, time, or the imagination to create writing resources. Students want a new topic every day, and it can be hard to think of enough topics to meet your students’ needs!
Ideas For Using Monthly Writing Prompts
Monthly writing prompts can be used for so many activities in the classroom besides a traditional writing time.
- Morning work
- Center activity
- Project for early finishers
- Resources for homework
- Transition activity
Using writing prompts for morning work or during center time is a great way to encourage writing in a more relaxed environment. Students may not feel forced to deliver a stellar piece of work and can have fun and use their imaginations to make a creative piece.
Early finishers can work on a writing prompt while other students finish their work. I love using monthly writing prompts for this because the students are working quietly, improving handwriting, and expanding their imaginations. The writing prompts can be more difficult for your more advanced students and give them an outlet to be challenged.
Writing prompts are an easy resource to send home for extra practice. I have parents every year ask me; what can I be doing at home for practice? This seems simple to a teacher, but parents don’t think the same way we do. They aren’t trained to see learning opportunities and may need resources that can be pulled out and worked on.
To make transitions from recess or gym time to classroom time can be difficult; the students are wound up and still want to play. I like to have a small writing prompt on their desk, so they can cool off, unwind, and prepare themselves for learning time.
Need some Writing Prompt Ideas?
So now that you have all these great ideas for using writing prompts in the classroom, you may be thinking…I don’t have time to make writing prompt resources! No worries! I have an incredible bundle that has prompts for each month. They are designed for kindergarten through second-grade students.
Each month features 10-15 writing prompts that relate to holidays or themes that correspond with the month. This way, students can write about things that are relevant in their lives! They will have more to share since these monthly writing prompts are kid-friendly and so cute with these clipart images.
Another feature that I love is there are two writing line options for each prompt. One has a dotted writing line for younger students, while the other option has plain lines. All the prompts also have an area to color or illustrate a related picture.
One of the most important features for all you busy teachers out there is that these writing prompts are NO PREP for you! Simply print and use! You will get 10-15 prompts for each month, and you pick the ones you want to use, print them out, and pass them out!
Types of Monthly Writing Prompts
Another great way to keep your students engaged in writing is to provide them with the opportunity to write in a variety of writing styles.
In this huge bundle, you get over 135 writing prompts! There are:
- personal narrative prompts
- opinion prompts
- informational prompts
- procedure writing prompts
- explanatory prompts
- fictional narrative prompts
Students will love picking a new prompt and learning about all the different writing styles! My students love to share their pieces after they have completed the page. This is a great activity because it allows them to practice their presenting skills and listening skills!
Your students will really want to write after you start using these monthly writing prompts in your classroom! Let them be creative and learn the writing procedure with no prep for you!
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