21 Clever Writing Prompts That Will Unleash Your Students' Creativity

    Kickstart that school year.

    These are intended for elementary-aged students, but plenty can be adapted for older kids (and open-minded grown-ups) as well!

    1. Use the building blocks of language.

    2. Summon the power of song.

    3. Get curmudgeonly.

    4. REALLY curmudgeonly.

    5. Or rhyme-y.

    6. Or conspiracy theory-y.

    7. Walk in someone else's shoe.

    8. Imagine a terrible, wonderful future.

    9. And help beyond your wildest dreams.

    10. Use this incredible book as a jumping-off point.

    11. React to something in your environment.

    12. Induce fear.

    13. Lend a hand.

    14. Create a new world.

    15. (Or a new person.)

    16. Report on the world around you.

    17. Imagine yourself in new situations.

    18. Grade yourself.

    19. Make a game of it.

    20. Slow things down or speed 'em up.

    21. Argue about life's big questions.

    Writing Prompts features a ton of rad ideas, and check out Teachers Pay Teachers for a treasure trove of teacher-generated resources.

    And if you have any prompts that have worked well for you in the past (either as a student or a teacher), feel free to add them in the comments!