Elementary Writing Prompts

Get your class writing with a large collection of writing prompts. The prompts are organized by grade and type. So if, for example, you were looking for a fourth grade expository writing prompt, you could scroll through the document to the fourth grade section and find just what you're looking for!

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Choose some more basic prompts from the list to act as starters or journal topics; you could even pick a topic from a younger grade and assign it to your older students to ease into journaling
  • Use these as inspiration when planning a narrative, expository, or persuasive writing unit
  • When writing, lead your class through the writing process by providing graphic organizers and additional supports
Classroom Considerations

  • While these are mostly narrative and expository writing prompts, persuasive prompts start to show up around the fourth grade and are emphasized much more fully in the fifth grade selection

  • The document is well organized
  • Plenty of prompts are included for each grade first through fifth, and the number of prompts per grade gradually increase

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