The back to school season can be full of tons of back to school writing prompts that allow students to get creative, but also allows you to see where their writing abilities are. All back to school writing topics in third grade and above should be combined with a great read-aloud! This allows your writers to have great conversations, but also see how a good writer writes.
Learn the Characteristics of a Writer
Each day in the back to school season we learn a new characteristic of writing. Then, when we do our quick writing prompt for the day, we focus on that characteristic. These writing characteristics will carry us through the entire year.
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Back to School Writing Prompt #1: The First Day of School
Read The Exceptionally, Extraordinary Ordinary First Day Of School by Albert Lorenz and then have the kiddos write about their first day of school. I suggest having them write a letter to their parents that tells them about their first day of school!
Back to School Writing Prompt #2: Let them Get Silly
Read Peanut Butter and Cupcake by Terry Border and have them write a paragraph about what food they are most like and why. Then, have them compare with other students!
Back to School Writing Prompt #3: Talk About Their Unique Qualities
Read Spaghetti and a Hot Dog Bun by Maria Dismondy and then have them write a paragraph about why they are unique and special. Hang these around the room to remind them of their unique qualities!
Back to School Writing Prompt #4: Write About Reading
Read Miss Malarkey Leaves No Reader Behind by Judy Finchler and then have the kids write a paragraph about how they feel about reading. What books they like, what they don’t like, and how they like to read. Then, keep this paragraph in a safe place and reintroduce it to them at the end of the year. This is a great way to see how their love for reading has changed and how their writing has grown!
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