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
Pros

  • 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
Cons

  • None