Writing Prompts

Formative Assessments: Reader's & Writer's Notebook

Routine engagement in the full writing process is an element of Competency #2. Each week, you will have the opportunity to respond to a prompt which will offer you an opportunity to strengthen and develop your writing. It will also offer you an opportunity to add breadth as well as depth to your range of writing skills.

At the start of each month in a semester, click here to download a blank Writing Prompts Development document. Then click on "File" and select "Make a Copy".

Name this file as follows (inserting the appropriate month name): RWN_Writing Prompts_April


Prompts

Copy/paste the prompt below (white section) into your writing prompts document for the month (include the date). Begin your response directly below what you have copy/pasted.

Tuesday, May 22nd

PROMPT: In honor of Memorial Day, read "In Flanders Fields" by Canadian poet John McCrae then return to the poem and choose a line or phrase to copy into your response. Use this line as your starting point and follow your ideas wherever they lead. If you need to, return to the poem and select another line. Keep writing and following your ideas, wherever they lead. Write without stopping (or editing) for five minutes.

Monday, May 14th

PROMPT: Read "Dreams" by Langston Hughes then return to the poem and choose a line or phrase to copy into your response. Use this line as your starting point and follow your ideas wherever they lead. If you need to, return to the poem and select another line. Keep writing and following your ideas, wherever they lead. Write without stopping (or editing) for five minutes.


Monday, May 7th

PROMPT: Ralph Waldo Emerson, a writer and philosopher of the American Romantic period, once said: "Sometimes a scream is better than a thesis." With as much detail as possible, explain why you believe Emerson is right or wrong. As you write, follow your ideas, wherever they lead. Write without stopping (or editing) for five minutes.


Monday, April 30th

PROMPT: Helen Keller, a blind and deaf educator, once said: "The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt within the heart." Respond to this statement by identifying as many beautiful things as possible. Then consider how many of these beautiful things can't be touched or seen and then explore the reasons why they can't be touched or seen. As you write, follow your ideas, wherever they lead. Write without stopping (or editing) for five minutes.


Monday, April 16th

PROMPT: How does social media shape/influence your day to day experience? Follow your ideas wherever they lead. Write without stopping (or editing) for five minutes.


Monday, April 9th

PROMPT: Identify a passage from your current reading. Copy a phrase or line from that passage and use it as the start of your prompt response. Build off of this phrase or line, following your ideas wherever they lead. If you run into a dead end, pick another phrase or line and follow those ideas wherever they lead. Write without stopping (or editing) for five minutes.


Monday, April 2nd

PROMPT: Dr. Robert Schuller once said: "What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?" Respond to this question with as much detail as possible. As you write, follow your ideas, wherever they lead. Write without stopping (or editing) for five minutes.


Monday, March 26th

PROMPT: The final two lines of Mary Oliver's poem, "The Summer Day", are as follows: " Tell me, what is it you plan to do/with your one wild and precious life?" Answer the question Oliver poses. What do you plan to do with your whole life- not just today or tomorrow or even after senior year. What would you like to do with your whole life? What adventures and experiences do you hope to have? As you write, follow your ideas, wherever they lead. Write without stopping (or editing) for five minutes.


Monday, March 19th

PROMPT: Using as many senses as possible, describe a scene from what you have most recently read. As you write, follow your ideas, wherever they lead. Write without stopping (or editing) for five minutes.