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Accredited Schools Online

AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org has provided a webpage titled Online Writing Resources for Students. This site provides information about and helpful resources for writing different types of essays, conducting academic research, properly citing sources, creating helpful outlines, effectively proofreading, and even addresses common writing mistakes and how to avoid them.

Purdue Owl

Purdue OWL provides resources and tips to students for each step of the writing process. This page provides students with advice for starting the writing process, conducting research and evaluating sources, addresses the many forms of essays and the writing styles and language necessary for each, and how to properly cite sources. 

Poem Sketching

This PDF is a guide to help students practice the poem sketching technique. 

Six-Word Memoirs from SMITH Magazine

SMITH magazine originally launched the Six-Word Memoir concept in November 2006 as a simple online challenge asking: Can you tell your life story in six words? Since then, they have published more than 1.3 million life stories on their website!

Click here for a short YouTube clip regarding the book that was published about this project!

 

Resume Writing Guides

Sample Resume 1        Sample Resume 2

Writing Aids

Abstract vs. Concrete

Text Coding

How to Succeed in First-Year College Writing

Spring 2021 Big Event: "Saying What You Mean, Meaning What You Say: Making Poems That Matter"

by Jack Bedell

Student Writing Workshop Presentation

writing prompts

Edutopia Writing Prompts for All Grade Levels

Edutopia.org is K-12 education focused Web resource sponsored by the George Lucas Educational Foundation

Daily Teaching Tools Journal Writing Prompts for Students

DailyTeachingTools.com is a webpage put together by teachers for teachers that provides free resources, materials, and strategies, but offers a variety of writing prompts and tools for students as well.

200 Prompts for Argumentative Writing

This PDF is from The Learning Network: Teaching & Learning with The New York Times

Over 1,000 Writing Prompts for Students

The New York Times provides a wide variety of writing prompts to students along with an article on the topic followed by additional questions to guide students in their writing responses.

 

"On Wednesdays, we write!"
facebook writing prompts

January 2022:

  • You’re Caught Red-Handed! Write about being caught doing something embarrassing. Set the scene for us!

  • Do you enjoy playing sports or other active games? Write about an extreme or silly sport. If none inspire you, make up the rules for your own game!

  • We’ve got the creativity bug! It’s the new year; time to revamp your space! Write a poem or some phrases that would make for good wall art in your home!

December 2021: 

  • There are just a few days left of 2021. Do you make New Year’s resolutions? Have you thought about what you want to accomplish in 2022 yet? Do you think it is important to make New Year’s resolutions?

  • Christmas is just around the corner! Create a Top 10 list of your favorite Christmas activities. Your favorite should be #1!

  • We are challenging you this week to open up a dictionary to a random word. Define what that word means to you.

  • Get creative and let your imagination run wild: Envision a dragon. Do you battle him? Or is the dragon friendly? Use descriptive language to create your own dragon-themed narrative.

  • It’s the holiday season, which means it’s also a season of giving and sharing your love for others! Though we have others in mind, it’s important to practice self-care and self-love too! So we want to know…What’s your favorite thing about yourself? What do you believe are your best qualities? Show yourself some love today!

November 2021:

  • Suppose you can invite one special person, living or dead, to share your family’s Thanksgiving dinner this year. Think about who you would invite, and then write down 10 questions you would like to ask this person.

  • You have the opportunity to visit another country that you have never been to before. Which country will you choose? Why?

  • November is National Novel Writing Month! Have you ever sat down and tried writing your own novel? Have you thought about writing one but haven’t yet gotten started? If you were to write a novel, what kind of story would you write?

  • November 3rd, is National Sandwich Day! Write a paragraph describing your favorite type of sandwich. Tell us why it is your favorite!

 

October 2021: ​​

  • Halloween is just around the corner! We’re back to a scary theme this week, but with a little twist! What is something scary that you would like to try? What makes it scary for you? How might you overcome that fear?

  • We all have dreams and goals we want to reach in life. Have you thought about yours recently? Are you on the right path and doing all you can to achieve them? What does your dream life look like in five years? Describe that life in detail.

  • October 20th, is the National Day on Writing! What are some of your favorite pieces of writing you’ve ever written? Why do you enjoy writing? #whyiwrite What are you going to write today to celebrate? Open up to a blank page and start slow! Write a poem, a journal entry, a story, a chapter of that novel you’ve been wanting to write, or even a well-crafted social media post! Use writing as an outlet to unleash your creativity!

  • October 13th is the International Day for Failure! Yes, you read that right. It was an initiative developed by Finland college students back in 2010. The idea around the day is to spread the argument that making mistakes and failing is normal and is even an invaluable part of a person’s growth and eventual success. International Day for Failure encourages people to try new and daring things while motivating and inspiring others to succeed through sharing stories of successful people and their failures along the way.

  • Tell us the story of a successful person you know that had many failures throughout their journey. Share a failure of your own. How did you respond? What did you learn from it?

  • With it now being October, it’s officially Spooky Season! We challenge you to write a personal narrative this week. Think of a time you were truly frightened. What happened? Describe how you felt.

 

September 2021:

  • September 30th is International Podcast Day. If you listen to podcasts, do you have a favorite? Why do you like it so much? How often do you listen to them? If you don’t listen to podcasts, create your own! What would it be called? What topics would you cover?

  • This week’s writing prompt challenges you to reflect on how you respond when your mood changes. We would like you to imagine you are in a bad mood. Is it easy or hard for you to snap out of it? Why or why not? Give an example of how you were able to get out of a bad mood or tell a story of a time you were stuck in that mood and what might have helped you in that situation now looking back at it.

  • This week’s writing prompt is about helping others. We would like you to describe a situation in which you helped someone else. Ask yourself: How did it made them feel? How did it make me feel?

  • In what ways can you offer your help to someone else this week?

  • This week’s writing prompt will help you in identifying how you think of yourself. We would like you to act as if you have to explain who you are to a stranger. How would that go? What are your likes, dislikes, strengths, or weaknesses? Take the time to reflect on what makes you, YOU.

  • September 1st is World Letter Writing Day! With advances in technology, paper and pen letter writing is becoming less popular. Have you ever given or received a hand-written letter? This week, we challenge you to write a letter to anyone you’d like! It can be a family member, friend, teacher, celebrity, mentor, etc. The letter can be a love letter, one filled with anger, or even one simply written to create memories. You can chose to share it, or not. Just write!

 

August 2021:

  • It’s the start of a new school year! What parts of school are you most excited for or upset about returning to? If you were to make a list of pros and cons for school, which column would be longer? This week, we challenge you to write down things you dislike about school and what you can do as a student to make them better.

  • TED Talks have become a popular platform for experts to speak on different topics, such as education, business, or technology. If you were to give a TED Talk, what would it be about? This week, we challenge you to write your own TED Talk about a topic in which you are an expert!

  • As summer is winding down, we invite you to write about your favorite summertime memory (it could be from this summer or from years past). What made that memory stand out to you? How did it make you feel at the time and how do you feel thinking about it now?

 

July 2021: 

  • What are your top 5 books? Do you have a favorite movie you can watch time and time again and never tire of? What is your go-to book or movie recommendation? Write a recommendation of a book or movie for a friend. Why do you think they would enjoy it?

  • Stories that have crazy twists are so exciting! Have you ever been so shocked by the direction an author went with their story. Today’s writing prompt is to write a story where a character discovers something surprising.

  • July 14th is National Shark Awareness Day! Do you have any shark stories? Do you fear them? Did you know there is a bigger chance of being struck by lightening than experiencing a shark attack? What other known ocean creatures are you afraid of or fascinated by? 

  • July 7th is Global Forgiveness Day. Do you have a story of forgiveness? Giving or receiving--Which is more difficult or meaningful for you to do? Do you hold grudges? Is forgiving someone hard for you to do? Have you ever had to be forgiven by someone else for your wrongdoing? 

 

June 2021:

  • June 9th is National Donald Duck Day! Do you have a favorite Disney cartoon or movie character? What attributes do they have that makes them stick out to you in particular

  • Improving the Blank Page, an NWP-A/GEAR UP Youth Writing Program was inspired by Nicanor Parra's poem, "Young Poets". Do you have an inspirational poem that continues to speak to you? A favorite poet? Tell us how poetry impacts you!

  • Do you remember your dreams? Is there a particular one that is reoccurring? Turn one of your strangest dreams into a story.

  • Did you play in parks and on playgrounds often as a child? Which was your favorite: the monkey bars or the slides? Tell us what would be in your dream playground!

  • It's Pride Month! In an effort to promote inclusivity, how can you be an ally and activist in your community?

 

May 2021:

  • May 26th is National Paper Airplane Day! Have you ever made your own? Write a story about your paper airplane’s greatest travels! 

  • It's almost summer time! Do you have a favorite season? What about it makes it so enjoyable for you? Describe what it is like and what you like to do during that time of year!

  • Write about your favorite pie or explain your recipe process! 

  • Write a letter to a teacher who has changed the way you view your education and/or life. 

 

April 2021:

  • It is National Pet Month! Your pet is in charge of you for a day. What will they make you do?

  • Describe a mistake you made and what you learned from it.

  • Write about a historical figure who you believe truly changed the world.

  • What does your best spring/summer day look like?

 

March 2021:

  • What is the difference between a privilege and a right?  Give examples of each.

  • You get to be your favorite animal for a day. What do you do?

  • It turns out time travel is possible, and you have access to a time machine. Where do you go and during what time period? Why?