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Fall Writing Prompts

Responding to these fall-themed creative fiction and nonfiction writing prompts can help children and teens keep their literacy skills sharp. Each set includes 10 total prompts that encourage responders to draw from Common Core ELA Writing Standards skills. Tips for including reflection and providing teacher or caregiver feedback are also included.

Printable Prompts With Lines for Writing By Hand

PDF iconGrades K-2 Writing Prompts

PDF iconGrades 3-5 Writing Prompts

PDF iconGrades 6-8 Writing Prompts

PDF iconGrades 9-12 Writing Prompts

Prompts With Fillable Fields for Writing via Typing

PDF iconGrades K-2 Writing Prompts

PDF iconGrades 3-5 Writing Prompts

PDF iconGrades 6-8 Writing Prompts

PDF iconGrades 9-12 Writing Prompts

Beginner's Guide to Playwriting

Step-by-step guidance for middle- and high-school students on writing a play. This will be particularly helpful for beginning playwrights and can be used with teacher or caregiver guidance or independently. The guide includes a glossary of playwriting terms.

PDF iconBeginner's Guide to Playwriting

Summer Writing Prompts

Responding to these summer-themed creative fiction and nonfiction writing prompts can help children and teens keep their literacy skills sharp. Each set includes 10 total prompts that encourage responders to draw from Common Core ELA Writing Standards skills. Tips for including reflection and providing teacher or caregiver feedback are also included.

Printable Prompts With Lines for Writing by Hand

PDF iconGrades K-2 Writing Prompts

PDF iconGrades 3-5 Writing Prompts

PDF iconGrades 6-8 Writing Prompts

PDF iconGrades 9-12 Writing Prompts

Prompts With Fillable Fields for Writing via Typing

PDF iconGrades K-2 Writing Prompts

PDF iconGrades 3-5 Writing Prompts

PDF iconGrades 6-8 Writing Prompts

PDF iconGrades 9-12 Writing Prompts

Chore Chart

Use this chore chart template to fill out a weekly list of chores to be done, indicating which family member will do each chore and what day they will complete each chore. Discuss with the family as you go to practice English skills.

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Paraphrase Game

Players describe nouns so that other players can guess them. This game provides practice using paraphrasing strategies, which are helpful when a speaker is struggling to use an unknown word.

PDF iconParaphrase Game