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Creative writing prompts for autumn

Creative writing prompts for autumn invite kids to write an autumn acrostic, create a fall wish list, or devise a plan to keep winter from coming!
Each season brings the opportunity for fresh new writing experiences. These four creative writing prompts for autumn invite kids to imagine what it would be like to wake up in the future, write an autumn acrostic poem, create a fall wish list, or devise a plan to keep winter from coming!

1. A Long Nap

In the famous story by Washington Irving, Rip Van Winkle escapes to the mountains. While there, he has a strange encounter with a group of ancient, bearded men who are playing a game of ninepins (bowling). Rip falls asleep, but when he wakes up, he finds that 20 years have passed! Write a story in which you wake up in a pile of autumn leaves. How much time has gone by? What is your last memory? How has the world changed?

2. Autumn Wish List

A bucket list is a wish list of things you would like to experience in your lifetime. What parts of the country (or world) would be spectacular at this time of year? Where would you like to visit? What sorts of fall activities would you like to do? Make an autumn bucket list that includes 5-10 things you want to do in the fall at some point in your life.

3. No Winter for Me

Last winter was bitter and harsh across much of the United States, and many people are not at all looking forward to this coming winter. Write a funny story telling about three things your main character will do to try to keep winter from arriving.

4. A is for Autumn

Write an acrostic poem about autumn:

  • Vertically on your paper, write the word “AUTUMN.” (Younger children can write “FALL.”) For an extra challenge, write “FALL SEASON” or “AUTUMN DAYS.”
  • Next to each letter, write a word, phrase, or sentence related to the season. Think about weather, colors, holidays, and family activities. (For example, “A” could be Autumn, Apple picking, or Acorns drop from mighty oak trees.)

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Photos: Jamie McCaffrey (leaf and sky), Bruce McKay (girl), Michael Gil (leaf angel), courtesy of Creative Commons

Free Writing Printable for September

Writing isn’t always full sentences and paragraphs! This month’s free writing printable has students drawing their story and only using sound words. This might not be as easy as it seems! When done, we’d love if you shared your cat comic creation on our WriteShop Facebook page!

Free Writing Printable: Cat Comics from WriteShop

 

Click the image above to download the Cat Comic Strip free writing printable. If you would like to share this free writing prompt with others, link to this post. Do not link directly to the PDF file.

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Writing Prompts for Grandparents Day

These writing prompts for Grandparents Day help kids celebrate their grandmas and grandpas with cinquain poems, lists, and descriptive paragraphs.

Did you know there’s a national holiday celebrating grandparents? Whether they’re called Grandma and Grandpa, Nana and Papa, Mamaw and Papaw, Moo-Moo and Dabbadoo, or any one of a hundred-plus nicknames kids have come up with for your folks, Grandparents Day is as good an excuse as any to reflect on the special place they hold in your hearts.

Grandparents Day always falls on the first Sunday after Labor Day. Make a point this year of helping your children count their “grandparently” blessings. These writing prompts for Grandparents Day are a great place to start!

1. Remember When

Think of a special memory you share with your grandparents. Take a mental snapshot of that memory so you can remember all the details. Now write a description of that time, making sure to use sensory words (sight, sound, smell, taste, touch) and emotion words that tell how you felt.

2. If I Were You

One day, you’ll probably be a grandparent! Make a list of 10 things you would do with your grandchild.

3. In My Heart

Write a letter to a grandparent telling them what you appreciate about them and why they’re special to you. Mail it so it arrives in time for Grandparents Day!

4. Uniquely You

Not all grandparents are the same. Some are active and on the go. They might golf, play Scrabble, go to concerts, or fix old cars. Other grandparents are more relaxed. They like to watch TV, read, or take lots of naps. Write a paragraph describing one of your grandparents and telling what they like to do.

5. Poem for Papa

Use this guide to write a cinquain poem about one or both of your grandparents. Next, make a greeting card for Grandparents Day. Copy your cinquain poem into the card and decorate it with stickers, markers, or glitter.

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8 out-of-the-box college essay topics

Out-of-the-box college essay topics to help teens practice prepping for admission applications. They're great "any time" writing prompts too!

These days, students applying to colleges of their choice face stiff competition. To help narrow the selection of applicants, some universities have come up with out-of-the-box college essay topics to see who stands out from the crowd.

From the student’s point of view, application essay prompts are often boring, but clever topics like these inspire creativity. So whether you’re brushing up your college essay skills or are simply on the lookout for fun or unusual writing topics, one of these quirky writing prompts has your name on it!

1. Seen Through Their Eyes

If any of these three inanimate objects could talk, how would your room, computer, or car describe you?

Source: Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley

2. Just As I Am

Describe one of your quirks and why it is part of who you are.

Source: University of Virginia

3. Ablaze

What sets your heart on fire?

Source: Villanova University

4. 140 Characters

Some say social media is superficial, with no room for expressing deep or complex ideas. We challenge you to defy these skeptics by describing yourself as fully and accurately as possible in the 140-character limit of a tweet.

Source: Wake Forest University

5. Back to the Future

You are required to spend the next year of your life in either the past or the future. What year would you travel to and why?

Source Brandeis University

6. The Man in the Red-Striped Shirt

So where is Waldo, really?

Source: University of Chicago

7. Just Say No

What invention would the world be better off without, and why?

Source: Kalamazoo College

8. Pot of Gold

What do you hope to find over the rainbow?

Source: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

If you enjoyed these college application essay prompts, be sure to check back each week for more Writing Prompt Wednesdays! Once a month, we feature topics especially suited for high school students.

Photo: David Masters, courtesy of Creative Commons

4 funny persuasive prompts | Writing with kids

These funny persuasive prompts help kids practice writing to convince, but instead of dull, ordinary topics, each one offers a touch of silliness!

Who doesn’t love a good laugh? A healthy dose of humor is pretty hard to resist. These funny persuasive prompts will help you practice writing to convince, but instead of dull, ordinary topics, each one is laced with a touch of silliness!

1. It’s a Cover Up

As a citizen of your town, you want to convince the city council that pets should wear clothing. At their next meeting, you will have the chance to state your case. Prepare an explanation telling why animals want to dress up, why the public wants pets to wear clothes, and what sorts of outfits pets might wear for different occasions or in various settings.

2. Dragon’s Lair

A dragon has made a nest in a large tree in your backyard, and the two of you have just started becoming friends. How will you persuade your parents to let it stay?

3. Extreme Sports

The Summer Olympics feature core sports such as archery, beach volleyball, and gymnastics, but there are always new events that ask to be included in the program. Invent a crazy new summer sport you would like to add to the Summer Olympics, such as underwater boxing, parachute biking, or camel wrestling. Write a letter to the International Olympic Committee in which you describe your sporting event and persuade them to consider adding it as an event in the 2024 Summer Games.

For extra fun, ask a parent for permission to use the Letter Generator at ReadWriteThink.org.

4. Go, Granny, Go!

While on vacation with your grandparents in Hawaii, you see an advertisement offering a 2-for-1 deal on a snorkeling or parasailing excursion. Make a list of reasons why your elderly grandma should do one of these activities with you.

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By Kim Kautzer

Photo Credit: Louise Docker, courtesy of Creative Commons

Summer vacation writing prompts for kids

Summer vacation writing prompts that help kids imagine adventures digging up dinosaur bones, heading to sports camp, or planning a staycation!

Summer may be screeching to a close, but these imaginative summer vacation writing prompts can still inspire your children. Whether they’re floating in a houseboat or roaming the local nature center, real or imaginary summertime outings can be packed with adventure!

Kids will love to picture themselves zooming down a rollercoaster, working as a cruise director, digging up dinosaur bones, or heading off to sports camp. Each prompt is so much fun, they may want to choose all of them!

1. My Kind of School

This summer, your family has decided to take a “learning vacation.” Options include participating in a dinosaur dig in Utah, exploring ancient ruins in Rome or Greece, or snorkeling at a coral reef off the Australian coast. Which one would you vote for? Write about three things you would like to explore, discover, or learn about on this vacation.

2. House Float

Imagine your family will live on a houseboat for a week this summer. Write about four things you will do on this vacation.

3. Good Sports

Are you crazy about baseball? Is volleyball your game? Maybe you love sailing, soccer, or gymnastics. Imagine your surprise when your parents tell you they’re sending you to sports camp this summer! What kind of sports camp will you attend? Write a paragraph describing three skills you want to learn or improve while you’re away. Make sure to explain why each one is important.

4. Staycation

Instead of traveling this summer, what if your family decided to vacation at home? Talk with your mom or dad about fun places within 100 miles that you have never been to before, such as botanical gardens or nature centers; zoos; museums; historical landmarks; parks or recreational sites; sports centers; amusement parks; or community theater.

Now pretend you have visited one of these places during your “staycation.” Write a journal entry describing your day. Use your five senses to tell about what you saw, heard, and felt. Don’t forget to describe some snacks or meals, too!

5. Cruisin’ Kids

A cruise ship has hired you to be their Children’s Activities Director. Make a list of 10 or more crafts, games, activities, and special events you will plan for this summer’s cruising families.

If your children have enjoyed these, be sure to check back each week for more Writing Prompt Wednesdays!

Photos: miamism.com (snorkeling), Chris Cruises (ship), Alan L. (Coliseum), USAG-Humphreys (soccer camp), courtesy of Creative Commons

Free printable story prompt

Stir up some spectacular storytelling creativity with August’s free printable story prompt! Invite the kids to pick several words from the list and start spinning a tale of mystery or enchantment.

 
This free printable story prompt from WriteShop invites kids to choose words from a word bank and write a magical, mysterious, enchanted story!

Click the image above to download the Spectacular Storytelling free writing printable. If you would like to share this free writing prompt with others, link to this post. Do not link directly to the PDF file.

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4 writing prompts for letter-writing fun

4 writing prompts for letter writing to inspire creativity and laughs as kids apply for a job in a candy shop or rebuke a naughty appliance

Whether your kids are applying for a job in a candy shop or rebuking a naughty vacuum cleaner, these writing prompts for letter writing will inspire creativity—and even a few laughs!

1. The Sweetest Job

Your favorite candy store is hiring children. Write a letter to the owner of the store explaining three reasons why you are the perfect person for the job.

2. Pet Protests

Pretend you are a family pet who wants more freedom. Write a letter to your owners in which you ask them to give you one or two new privileges. Make sure to give several good reasons for your request!

3. Wish You Were There

Think about a recent educational field trip or memorable outing. Perhaps you explored an amazing science museum, took the plunge at the local waterpark, went to a Civil War reenactment, or toured a potato chip factory. Write a letter to a grandparent, cousin, or friend describing your experience. Include at least three details about something you saw or did. When you’re finished, mail your letter!

4. You Shouldn’t Have

Have you ever held a grudge against the brush that pulled your hair or the vacuum that sucked up your shoelaces? How did you feel when a pen leaked ink on your favorite shirt or the toaster burned yet another bagel? Think about a time when an inanimate object caused you a bit of distress, and write a letter to this object to express your disappointment.

If your children have enjoyed these, be sure to check back each week for more Writing Prompt Wednesdays!

Photos: Steve Snodgrass (candy sticks) and Alexander Savin (envelope), courtesy of Creative Commons

More Minecraft writing prompts

Minecraft is all the rage. No wonder it’s getting easier to find Minecraft-inspired educational and writing activities to motivate your children!

Our last set of Minecraft writing prompts was so popular, we promised to come up with more. Now you can capture your reluctant writer’s interest with six new Minecraft writing prompts that encourage descriptive, narrative, and informative writing.

Capture your reluctant writer's interest with six new Minecraft writing prompts that encourage descriptive, narrative, and informative writing.

1. If You Build It

Use your imagination to design a Minecraft building such as a shop, cave dwelling, mansion, or theater. What will you design? How will you persuade others to come to your building? Make a list of 6-10 reasons why people will love this place.

2. Minecraft Scenario

After a terrifying shipwreck, you find yourself on a beach. You don’t know where you are, and it will soon be dark. What will you do?

3. Avatar Adventures

Write a story about your Minecraft avatar. How did you arrive in your world? What are some of your goals? Who are your allies?

4. It’s a Zoo!

You have been hired to build an enclosure for a Minecraft zoo. Choose a mob to live in your enclosure, and describe the enclosure you will build for them.

5. Tools of the Trade

Describe three Minecraft tools and explain how you like to use them.

6. Dear Grandma

Your grandma has never seen Minecraft, and she has asked you to help her understand it. Write a letter in which you explain what Minecraft is and why you enjoy playing the game.

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Photo: Filter Forge, courtesy of Creative Commons

Creative writing photo prompts that tickle the imagination

These creative writing photo prompts invite kids to write imaginative, whimsical stories about mysterious and magical places!

It’s fun to take inspiration from a photo, especially when the image is unusual enough to tickle the imagination! Your children are sure to love these four creative writing photo prompts that invite them to write whimsical stories about mysterious and magical places!

1. The Butterphant

While on a walk through a blossoming meadow, you discover a mouse-sized elephant with butterfly ears flitting among the flowers. What is it doing? Are there others like it? Is it friendly? What will happen if you capture it?

These creative writing photo prompts invite kids to write imaginative, whimsical stories about mysterious and magical places!

2. Castle on the Moor

Use at least five of these words to tell a story about this photo: wind, balcony, window, dungeon, troll, treasure, knight, mysterious, lonely, rescue

These creative writing photo prompts invite kids to write imaginative, whimsical stories about mysterious and magical places!

3. Honey, I Shrunk Myself!

Who is this tiny man? Where is he? What is he taking a photo of? What emotions is he feeling? Write a story explaining what’s happening in this picture.

These creative writing photo prompts invite kids to write imaginative, whimsical stories about mysterious and magical places!

4. Toy Story

Day after day, these Pez heads sit quietly on display in the candy store. But when the store closes in the evening and the owner goes home, funny things begin to take place! What happens at night in the candy store? Write a story from the point of view of one of the Pez heads.

These creative writing photo prompts invite kids to write imaginative, whimsical stories about mysterious and magical places!
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Photo Credits: Fiona McAllister (“Castle“), (“Pez“), Nathan O’Nions (“Viewfinder“), thethreesisters (“Elephant“) courtesy of Creative Commons
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