Welcome back to 5 Days of Homeschooling for Free! It’s hard to believe we’re already to day 5 of this series written for the Schoolhouse Review Crew Back to Homeschool Blog Hop. I have already shared some of my favorite free resources for geography, history, math, and science:
Today, I’m wrapping things up with some great resources for writing prompts.
It’s only been in the past 2 years or so that I have begun using writing prompts with Ben. What I enjoy about them is that whether you have an eager or reluctant writer, using interesting and fun writing prompts will usually work for them. The key to using writing prompts is to make them fun and low pressure on your students. No worrying about mistakes, just give them the freedom to let their minds explore and see what they create.
This collection will continue evolving as I find more website, but for now, these are the best websites for free writing prompts for middle and high school students I have found.
WritingFix: WritingFix is a website the home of “interactive writing prompts. This website, sponsored by the Northern Nevada Writing Project, provides a plethora of free, interactive writing prompts, lessons, and resources designed to inspire a passion for writing, with the purpose that it “aims to ‘fix’ those teachers who don’t believe that writing instruction can be the most enjoyable part of their teaching day.”
The Teacher’s Corner: You’ll find writing prompts for every day of the year here, divided into monthly themes.
Writing with Sharon Watson: One of my favorite spots for grabbing writing prompts is a blog written by homeschool writing publisher, Sharon Watson. Every Monday, she publishes 2 writing prompts — one for middle school and one for high school. You can sign up for her newsletter so you don’t miss them. She also publishes one blog post a week that sometimes has an innovative writing prompt you can do with your kids.
Brave Writer: Julie Bogart, author of the writing curriculum, Brave Writer, publishes weekly prompts on her blog — Friday Freewrite, If you are not familiar with the term “freewriting” you can learn more about that here.
Daily Teaching Tools: 180 Journal Writing Prompts — one for each day of a typical school year.
Free Writing Prompts: For writers of all ages — this is site offers 108 sets of writing prompts that you can download, customize, and print for free. Choose from exercises in creative writing, suggestions for “how to” essays, persuasive writing topics, holiday-related ideas, and dozens of other thoughts.
OneWord: This is writing prompt generator with a one word writing prompt and a box to write in for 60 seconds. A new word is available every day.
Do you use writing prompts in your school or homeschool?