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21 Clever Writing Prompts That Will Unleash Your Students' Creativity

Kickstart that school year.

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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.

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Find tons more daily journaling ideas here.

5. Or rhyme-y.

Find more great Seuss-themed prompts here.
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Find more great Seuss-themed prompts here.

6. Or conspiracy theory-y.

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Get the free printable here.

7. Walk in someone else's shoe.

Or, you know, your own.
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Or, you know, your own.

8. Imagine a terrible, wonderful future.

9. And help beyond your wildest dreams.

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

Each page features a mysterious drawing and single sentence description; from there, the possibilities for stories to tell are limitless. Borrow a copy from the library or buy one here.
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Each page features a mysterious drawing and single sentence description; from there, the possibilities for stories to tell are limitless. Borrow a copy from the library or buy one here.

11. React to something in your environment.

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Get the free printable here.

12. Induce fear.

13. Lend a hand.

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14. Create a new world.

15. (Or a new person.)

16. Report on the world around you.

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Get the free printable here.

17. Imagine yourself in new situations.

18. Grade yourself.

19. Make a game of it.

Each white "kernel" is a setting, while each yellow one is a character. Pick two at random, and you're off and running.
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Each white "kernel" is a setting, while each yellow one is a character. Pick two at random, and you're off and running.

20. Slow things down or speed 'em up.

21. Argue about life's big questions.

Find many more persuasive writing prompts here.
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Find many more persuasive writing prompts here.

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!