I love to have my students write daily. Writer’s workshop is one way to encourage authentic writing, but I always have those “I don’t know what to write about” students. Using journal prompts can help alleviate the frustration of no topic frustrations. I have two ways that I try to incorporate journal prompts for the year into my classroom.
Cut-Apart Writing Prompts
One way to use these are as cut-part strips. I provide students with a paper that includes five journal prompts.. They cut the journal strip out and glue it into their notebook and write away! This process gives them cutting, glueing and writing practice.
This year I laminated each month of prompts and put them onto a binder ring. During morning meetings or just when we have a few minutes to spare, I read a prompt from the month. Since these are open-ended questions, it encourages the students to answer with more than a yes or no. It’s a great way to practice answering in a complete sentence. My students have really enjoyed these this year!
Do you use journal prompts in your classroom?