Daily writing prompts are such an easy tool that can make a big difference for your students. It doesn’t have to be super time-consuming or tricky. Read on to see my suggestions for making the most of Daily Writing prompts. PLUS… I have a sweet freebie for you!
Why Daily Writing Prompts Matter for You:
When students have the opportunity to write on a regular basis, several things happen:
- Students actually feel safer and happier when regular routines are established in their lives.
- Your students’ writing improves, both in the content and actual handwriting.
- Students can have an opportunity to safely express their thoughts and feelings. Many children have hardships we cannot imagine. By having a healthy outlet to talk about those difficulties, students will have lower levels of stress throughout the day.
So you can see why writing journals are a great option for a classroom routine. You can either do them every day or on specific days of the week.
The next questions that many teachers have is “What do students write about?” and “Where do I find the topics?”
There is no absolute answer to these questions, but here are a few ideas:
- Use pre-made writing prompts and task cards. Why reinvent the wheel when you can get these things already made for you? In fact, I’m giving you my October Writing Task Cards for FREE! Just download, print, and use! You can either select one and project it onto your Smartboard or let students choose a new card each day!
- Let students free-write. While I probably wouldn’t do this every day, I think it’s good to allow them to choose their own topics at least once a week.
- Tie in topics with things you are reading about in Reading class or Social Studies. It’s a great way for students to make deeper, personal connections with important topics.
Easy enough? You’ve got this! Feel free to email me back and let me know if you have any questions.
Don’t forget to download your FREE October Writing Prompt Task Cards.
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