The University of Iowa

Writing: Production and Distribution of Writing

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

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Prompts With Fillable Fields for Writing via Typing

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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.

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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

Assessing Student Writing

An introductory guide about using correct writing sequences (CWS) and incorrect writing sequences (IWS) as measures of student writing.

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Sample Plan for Timed Writing Sessions

This plan introduces picture-word prompts for practicing writing fluency and modeling how to use them for one-on-one and small-group instruction. Also includes providing students with feedback and progress monitoring. Related blog post.

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