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Detective writing prompts

Kids who love a good mystery will dive right into these detective writing prompts.

DO your kids go crazy for mystery stories? Do they dream of becoming world-famous super sleuths? If so, these detective writing prompts are sure to please!

1.Tricks of the Trade

Imagine you are a private investigator who must gather clues for a strange case in a quiet fishing village. Describe how you will you dress, act, and speak to blend in with the local residents.

2. The Art of Deduction

Ask a family member if you can borrow a purse or a pair of shoes. After studying these items, write down everything you can learn about their owner using only your senses of sight, touch, and smell.

3. Secret Weapons

Technology provides modern-day detectives with many tools they simply didn’t have two hundred years ago. Compare and contrast the objects on a detective’s desk in Victorian England with the items in a detective’s office today.

4. The Jury is Out

In your opinion, should a detective be excused for breaking the law if his actions result in punishment for criminals and justice for the innocent? Develop your answer in paragraph form.

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Photo: Images Money, courtesy of Creative Commons

Spring photo writing prompts

Excite a child's imagination with these photo-inspired spring writing prompts!

CHILDREN seem to burst with imagination this time of year. Don’t let them keep their ideas and stories locked inside! Inspire them to create wonderful worlds of fancy with these delightful spring picture writing prompts.

Mysterious Meadows

Many years ago, a delivery boy disappeared in this quiet field of flowers. The only thing he left behind was his faithful bicycle. What clues will you discover when you look deeper in this meadow? Where did the boy really go? Why did he leave his bicycle behind?

Excite a child's imagination with these photo-inspired spring writing prompts!

Locked in Stone

When the winter snows melted, the townspeople discovered a girl who had turned to stone. Write a story about this girl, using at least four of these words: spell, message, sunrise, water pitcher, shoes, twin sister, royal stables.

Excite a child's imagination with these photo-inspired spring writing prompts!

A Garden Guest

You wake up in a strange cottage and hear voices in the garden. Who will you meet along the garden path? What instructions will they give you, and what will happen if you don’t obey?

Excite a child's imagination with these photo-inspired spring writing prompts!

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Photos: bm.iphone, Elliott Brown, and MAClarke21, courtesy of Creative Commons.

Geography journal prompts

Jump into geography with your kids using these journal prompts about children around the world!

EXPLORE foreign cultures with your kids as they write about children around the world! These fun geography journal prompts will help jumpstart your adventures.

1. My Own Little Corner

If you lived in the Russian city of Moscow, your family might share an apartment kitchen with two other families, and you might fold up your bed every morning to save space! Imagine how your life would be different in Russia, and journal your thoughts.

2. School Days

If you attended school in Morocco, you would probably go home for a two-hour lunch break each day and return to school for classes until 5:00 p.m. Compare and contrast this schedule with a typical school day in your home.

3. Fiesta Dreams

If you lived in Mexico, you would probably celebrate El Día de los Niños (Children’s Day) on April 30. On this day each year, schools and streets overflow with colorful candies and piñatas, while music and laughter fill the air. Make a list of ten activities you would include in a “Children’s Day” celebration.

4. The Family Table

If you lived in Armenia, you might enjoy eating sarma—grape leaves stuffed with rice and meat. Don’t forget to try some tomato sauce and plain yogurt on top! Write an appealing description of this dish for a restaurant menu.

5. Cheers, Mate!

If you lived in the remote Australian outback, you might attend the School of the Air. A  satellite network would allow you to view real-time classes on your computer, while web cameras and email would help you interact with your teacher. What would you like most about attending the school of the air? What would you like the least?

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Photo: woodleywonderworks (globe) and Juan Antonio Capó Alonso (stone wall), courtesy of Creative Commons

 

March Free Printable Writing Prompt

This month we have two printable writing prompts– one geared toward teens and the other for elementary kids!

Elementary students: Take a trip to the zoo! Which animal would you take home for a pet?

Teens: The world is changing. What change have you observed over the past five years?

March Printable Writing Prompt from Writeshop

Click the image above to download the “Zoo Writing Prompt” and the “Changes in the World” writing prompt. If you would like to share this prompt with others, link to this post. Do not link directly to the PDF file. Feel free to print this PDF file for your own personal use. Please do not sell or host these files anywhere else.

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Magical journal prompts about wishes and dreams

Magical and heartwarming journal prompts about dreams and wishes make a great writing warm-up activity!

EVERY child loves to daydream, whether about magical worlds or making this world a better place. If your kids need a writing warm-up this week, let them choose one of these journal prompts about dreams and wishes.

1. Stardust Stories

Do you ever wake up in the morning and wish your dream from the night before would come true? Write about one of those dreams and why it was so special to you.

2. Sweet Surprises

Best friends often share their dreams for the future. If you could make one wish come true for a friend, what would it be? Write a short poem (four to eight lines) about how you’d plan this wonderful surprise.

3. Magic in a Bottle

You have just discovered an ancient genie who will grant you three wishes. You may only ask for physical things, not intangible ideas such as “peace” or “happiness” or “fame.” What will you choose, and why?

4. Seeking Funds, Changing Lives

Imagine you are a fundraising coordinator for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, a non-profit organization that grants wishes for children with life-threatening diseases. Brainstorm three goals or ideas for raising money, and write a paragraph describing one of these strategies.

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Photo: Joe, courtesy of Creative Commons

Journaling fun with World of Sports StoryBuilders

Kids can create extreme sports stories with mix-and-match cards using World of Sports StoryBuilders

THE Winter Olympics may be drawing to a close, but it’s never too late for your kids to flex their creative writing muscles with mix-and-match writing prompts. Extreme sports are just a stone’s throw away with WriteShop StoryBuilders card decks!

  • World of Sports StoryBuilders - eBookWriteShop offers four different StoryBuilders sets: World of Sports, World of People, World of Animals, and Christmas.
  • Each deck of 192 cards offers endless combinations for hilarious or serious stories, with 48 different choices for each story element: character, character trait, setting, and plot.
  • Cards can be randomly picked for “wild card” journaling, or carefully chosen if your child already has a topic in mind.
  • Younger children can dictate their stories, while older or more confident children write their own.
  • Award-winning StoryBuilders are the perfect writing warm-up activity!

This week, give your kids a taste of the World of Sports StoryBuilders! To get their creative juices flowing, we chose the four writing prompt cards pictured below. Write the words on index cards or squares of colored paper. Then pass them out and let the fun begin!

Journaling fun: Create extreme sports stories with mix-and-match cards using World of Sports StoryBuilders

If your children enjoyed this taste of StoryBuilders writing prompts, consider getting a whole pack of them from the WriteShop store. Just download and go! And don’t just take our word for it—check out these reviews:

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Photos: Leon Wilson (snowboarder), Faisal Saeed (mountain), and Cliff (medal), courtesy of Creative Commons

Valentine’s Day writing prompts

Kids will love these sweet writing prompts for Valentine's Day!

THE sweetest holiday of the year is just around the corner! We’re sure you and your kids will enjoy these Valentine’s Day writing prompts–complete with cards, chocolate, and flowers!

1. Around the World

Write a story about a Valentine card that gets lost in the mail. Write your tale from the Valentine’s perspective.

2. Sugar, Sugar

Imagine you are on a strict diet. List five ways you could avoid eating sugary treats on Valentine’s Day.

3. That’s Amore

Describe the perfect Valentine’s dinner date for your mom and dad. Where would they go, and what would they eat? Would it be fancy or casual? Describe the music, the table setting, the decorations, and the view.

4. Where Have All the Flowers Gone?

On the night of February 13, every last flower mysteriously disappeared from all the florist shops in town! As the most talented reporter for the Bridgeport News, you have been assigned to cover this story. Write the first paragraph of an article for the front page of the morning news.

5. It Takes Two

In poetry, a “romantic couplet” is formed by two lines with rhyming words at the end. Write one or two romantic couplets about someone who was born or married on Valentine’s Day.

Photo: Nicolas Raymond, courtesy of Creative Commons

Conversation Hearts | Free Printable Writing Prompt

Pretend you work for a greeting card company. Can you come up with a custom card using the following candy heart sayings? Have fun with these “heart-to-heart” conversations!

Free Printable Writing Prompt for Valentine's Day

 

Click the image above to download the “Heart Conversations” free printable writing prompt. If you would like to share this prompt with others, link to this post. Do not link directly to the PDF file. Feel free to print this PDF file for your own personal use. Please do not sell or host these files anywhere else.

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Narrative essay prompts

Build middle school writing skills with fun narrative essay prompts.

NARRATIVE essay prompts provide a launching place from which middle school students can engage in valuable writing opportunities. Immersed in the act of storytelling, young writers will learn to organize thoughts chronologically, include concrete details, and avoid rabbit trails. (Want to help your teens learn more about narrative writing? Our WriteShop I & II writing programs provide lessons you won’t want to miss!)

1. Special Delivery

Write an essay about the time an unexpected visitor came to your door. What changed in your family or your home because of this person?

2. Journey Home

Tell the story of a relative or ancestor who immigrated to the United States. Highlight a few of the challenges they faced while building a new life.

3. Reach for the Gold

With vivid, descriptive writing, relate the true story of an underdog who won a contest, earned a scholarship, or worked hard to become rich.

4. Planting Seeds

Write a narrative about one of the original settlers of your hometown. Why did this individual choose to settle there? What resulted from that choice?

5. Into Darkness

Write the story of a brave doctor, missionary, or relief worker who changed a community for the better. Can you foreshadow the ending with a detail from this person’s childhood or early life? 

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Photo: Klearchos Kapoutsis, courtesy of Creative Commons

Writing prompts about unusual pets

Tap into kids' wild dreams about strange, exotic, and colorful pets!

EVERY child dreams of standing out from the crowd with a weird, colorful, or exotic pet. Tap into your kids’ wild dreams with these writing prompts about unusual pets.

1. Fuzzy Regulations

You just learned that pet llamas are forbidden within your city limits–outrageous! Write a letter to your city council explaining your opposition to this local law.

2. Reptile Style

With a tail three times his body length, your long-tailed grass lizard has spent months perfecting his talent for lasso tricks. Design a poster to advertise your pet’s amazing Western stunt show!

3. A Fine Feathered Canvas

Wilbur B. Williams, Esquire, hired the country’s premier portrait artist to paint the family pet–a most distinguished flamingo. In three sentences, reveal how the artist felt when he was first introduced to this bird. Include facial expressions, hand gestures, and dialogue.

4. Arthropod Heartthrobs

Today, Ivy Sherwood married a young man who keeps fifteen spiders as his cherished pets. Imagine Ivy’s personality, appearance, and hobbies. Describe her to someone who has never met her before.

5. Sea Life Soliloquy

Write a short, persuasive speech titled, “Why Jellyfish Make Excellent Pets.”

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Photos: Peter Harrison (spider), Robert Claypool (flamingo), Sol Robayo (llama), and NBphotostream (jellyfish), courtesy of Creative Commons
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