10 Helpful Writing Prompt Ideas and Anchor Charts

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Let’s dig into writing prompts by finding ideas to help create writing prompts and reinforce the craft of writing. Here are 10 helpful writing prompt ideas and anchor charts to support the work you do in your classroom.

10 Helpful Writing Prompt Ideas and Anchor Charts

There are 5 prompt starters to help you generate prompts that fits the needs of your class. And I’ve also included 5 anchor charts that can help you focus on author’s purpose, the craft of writing and the mechanics of writing with your young writers.

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1. Ways to Encourage Reluctant Writers – Here are a few tips on helping reluctant writers get started with lists. Here are four lists to get the writing ball started.

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2. Journal Jar – Create a jar with prompts – related to your desired topics, themes or genres. Students may just enjoy the novelty of pulling their prompt out of the jar at random. Free printable included.

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3. Write-O – Use this creative layout of writing prompts to encourage a variety of writing practice. It’s a writing version of bingo! Free printable included.

4. A Year of Writing – Show growth to your students be creating a year-long writing journal. It’s a mini writing portfolio for kindergarten, but you can use the concept with any grade level. Use previous writings to spark discussion on improving writing. This includes a free printable.

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5. Describe that… Craftivity – No matter what your classroom theme and topics you can use a craftivity to spark writing prompts. You can also integrate this idea into other curricular areas easily.

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6. Writing Onomatopoeia Stories – Use the novel element of sounds to spark creativity in your writers. Take notes of onomatopoeia examples as you read and use your list as a basis for creating a comic strip full of sounds!

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Writing Anchor Charts

7. Why Writers Write – Dig into the reasons why writers write to encourage your students to pay attention to author’s purpose and for helping find their own.

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8. Creating Power Sentences – Scale up the word choice in your students writing with examples of overused words or mood words to help evoke emotions.

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9. Revising and Editing – Because revision, editing and proofreading are all a part of what writer’s do, use anchor charts to help students recall important steps as they improve their writing.

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10. Authors Purpose Chart – Make remembering the reasons author’s write as “easy as PIE” with this paper plate chart example. This would also be easy to recreate in a writing workshop folder or interactive notebook.

So there you have it! 10 helpful writing prompt ideas and anchor charts to support the work you do in your classroom. Thanks to these generous teachers for sharing their best writing ideas with us – you ladies are great! Feel free to grab my “I’m a Featured Teach Junkie” blog button. You earned it!

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Leslie {aka the original Teach Junkie} loves learning new things to make teaching easier and more effective. She enjoys featuring creative classroom fun when she's not designing teacher shirts, making kindergarten lesson plans or planning her family's next trip to Disney World.

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