The University of Iowa

Writing

Readers communicate ideas through writing and drawing.

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

Understanding and Responding to Writing Prompts Guide

Learn about different writing prompts, the five components of a writing prompt, and the writing skills to be taught in order for students to respond to prompts of different genres.

PDF iconUnderstanding and Responding to Writing Prompts Guide

Supporting Your Children's and Teens' Home Learning Guide

In order to support families with children who may be participating in virtual instruction or otherwise learning at home, this guide offers tips on establishing home learning areas, improving the home-based learning experience, and utilizing web resources for students kindergarten-Grade 6 and Grades 7-12 in the subjects of English-language arts, science, social studies, and history. Web resources for assistive technology for home learning are also included for students with reading disabilities.

PDF iconSupporting Your Children's and Teens' Home Learning Guide