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Elementary Writing Activities: Writing Prompts

written by: Keren Perles • edited by: Wendy Finn • updated: 9/11/2012

Of course it’s important to get students writing. But how can you make sure they’ll be interested in the topic you choose for them to write about? Try some of these writing prompts for elementary students and watch their pencils whiz across the paper.

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    The Importance of Writing Prompts for Elementary Students

    Teachers know that students who write become better writers. But how can you convince your students to write? These writing prompts for elementary students can help. By asking students questions that pique their interest, you’ll be encouraging them to put their thoughts down on paper. Try some of the writing prompts in the sections below for your next writing activity.

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    Writing Prompts That Relate to Their Lives

    1. What was the happiest moment you can remember in your life?
    2. Are you optimistic or pessimistic? How do you know?
    3. List two things you would like to do to change the world. How would you accomplish them?
    4. Write about a dream you’ve had.
    5. What activity do you enjoy the most? Why do you enjoy it?
    6. What kind of pet would you like to have? Describe what it looks like, how it acts, and how you would take care of it.
    7. What do you like better – the first day of school, or the last day of school? Why?
    8. What is your favorite holiday? Why?
    9. Describe a tough decision you’ve made and why you chose what you did.
    10. How will you be different five years from now?
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    Writing Prompts That Encourage Imagination

    1. If you had a million dollars, what would you do with it?
    2. If you could have one super-power, what would it be? Why?
    3. How would life be different if we lived on the moon?
    4. If you could talk to animals, what would you ask them?
    5. If you could build the world’s greatest playground, what would be in it?
    6. Describe an imaginary place that you’d like to visit.
    7. If you could talk to your favorite book or television character, what would you say?
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    Writing Prompts About Important Issues

    1. Why is honesty important? Is it ever okay to lie?
    2. What is the definition of a true friend?
    3. How would you feel if you found out that you never had to go to school again? What would you do instead?
    4. Do you think school uniforms are good or bad? Why?
    5. Could you be friends with someone who doesn’t speak English? If so, how? If not, why not?