Getting Started Using Writing Prompts
1. Teachers should come up with a list of ten topics. If you wish, have students help you.
Sample Prompt: Write about a class you think your high school should offer. Write reasons you think this class should be offered at your high school. Use relevant information and supporting details.
Hint: Because the prompt says class and considering that the word “class" is singular, have students write about one class in particular and develop multiple reasons as to why their school should add that particular class.
2. After I type up my ten prompts, I have students write a thesis statement for each topic that I have developed.
Hint: I instruct my students to use as much of the prompt as they want when they formulate their thesis statements as this method tends to keep students on topic.
Acceptable Thesis: A class that should be offered at my high school is graphic design.
After students complete their ten thesis statements, I grade their thesis statements and hand them back to the students. I then pick one of the ten topics and have students begin planning their essays and developing their ideas.
Has this worked for you in your class? What writing prompts have you come up with?