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1
Journal Writing Prompts
  • Intermediate Grades

2
Letter
  • Write a business letter to a community member
    (such as someone from the Humane Society or
    Wildlife Management), asking him or her to come
    speak at your school.
  • Write a friendly letter to your principal, asking
    her or him to come and spend a day with your
    class.

3
Advertisement
  • Write a short paragraph to be read as a radio
    advertisement, telling other kids why they should
    attend your school. Dont forget to tell why it
    is the best school and where it is located.
  • Write a newspaper advertisement for your favorite
    restaurant. Start with a catchy phrase. In a
    bulleted list, tell kids why they should go to
    it. Include its name, address, and phone number.
    Draw a rectangle around the advertisement and add
    a drawing to match.

4
Analogy
  • Make an analogy between something you love to do
    and reading a good book. How are they alike and
    different?
  • Write a paragraph drawing an analogy between you
    and some kind of tree. Describe how you and the
    tree are the same or different.

5
Argument
  • Pretend you are the librarian at school. Write a
    one-paragraph note to all the students presenting
    an argument for why they should return books on
    time.
  • Think of an issue or problem at school. Write a
    paragraph arguing some action youd like other
    students to take to solve it.

6
Biographical Sketch
  1. Write a biographical sketch about your mom, dad,
    or another relative, and describe major events
    in his or her life so far.
  2. Write a biographical sketch about a famous
    explorers life.

7
Classification
  • Classify the different types of books or
    different types of writing in a paragraph.
  • Write about some of the different kinds of
    animals that fit in one of the following
    categories mammals, amphibians, reptiles, or
    birds.

8
Compare
  • Write a paragraph that compares you and your best
    friend or sibling. What do you have in common?
  • Write a paragraph comparing two musical
    instruments and their sound, shape, and purpose
    (for example, drum, guitar, trombone, or
    trumpet).

9
Contrast
  • In a paragraph, compare yourself to your best
    friend or sibling. How are you two different?
  • Pick two animals from the same species, like
    lions and cheetahs or horses and donkeys, and
    tell about their differences in a paragraph.

10
Convince
  • Write a paragraph that convinces kids in your
    class to join a club that you lead or belong to.
    Its focus could be environmental, social, or
    centered on an activity.
  • Write a paragraph convincing your parents that
    you should get a puppy or other pet.

11
Definition
  1. Flip through the dictionary and read the
    definition of a word that jumps out at you. Think
    about how that word applies to your life and
    write a short paragraph about your own definition
    of it.
  2. Think about a new word that you learned recently.
    Define it in a paragraph.

12
Describing Creative/Imaginative
  • Write a paragraph describing the different ways
    to make ice cream treats (sundaes, ice cream
    cones, ice cream bars, shakes, or cakes). Include
    delicious details.
  • Think of a wonderful party you have enjoyed. This
    could be a party at school, in your neighborhood,
    or with your family. Write a paragraph describing
    the party.

13
Describing Practical/Technical
  1. Write a paragraph or list about how your bicycle
    works. Go through the steps of pedaling,
    shifting, and riding.
  2. Write a paragraph describing one of your favorite
    animals habitat, such as a fish bowl, a birds
    nesting tree, a spider web, or pond.

14
Different Point of View
  • Imagine you are a meteor headed for earth. Write
    a short paragraph about what you might be
    thinking or what you might want to say to the
    earth or the people on it.
  • Pretend you are a new kind of robot who
    accidentally comes to life. What will you say to
    your inventor? Write a paragraph showing how you
    would feel and what you might think.

15
Directions, How-To, and Instructions
  • Write a paragraph that tells how to play dodge
    ball or freeze tag.
  • Write a paragraph describing how to make
    scrambled eggs.

16
Entertaining
  1. Think about a time when something memorable
    happened. In a paragraph, tell about the event in
    a way that will give your readers a mental
    picture of what happened.
  2. Think about something that made you really
    scared, like giving a speech, and write a
    paragraph about it.

17
Explaining
  1. Think about something you know a lot about. Maybe
    it is a scientific process, a sport, or a certain
    animal. Describe what you know in a short
    paragraph. Remember to define words that may be
    unfamiliar to your readers.
  2. Write a paragraph that explains a skill that
    someone has taught you, such as fishing or
    cooking.

18
First, Second, and Third Person
  • Write three similar paragraphs, one in first
    person, one in second, and one in third. First,
    imagine you are an inventor and write a paragraph
    about your invention. Next, write a paragraph in
    second person about how others could make the
    invention work or invent something of their own.
    Finally, in third person, write a paragraph about
    what inventors need to do to be successful.

19
Journals, Learning Logs, and Freewriting
  • Content-based journal In your science journal,
    write an entry about the three most interesting
    facts you have learned so far this year.
  • Freewriting Sit down with pencil in hand. Touch
    it to the paper. Close your eyes and clear your
    head. Write down the first thing that pops in
    your head. Pretend your pencil is a faucet and
    keep it flowing.

20
Listing and Enumerating
  • List every school rule you can think of.
  • Make a list of the steps in long division.

21
Memos and E-Mails
  1. Write an e-mail to your best friend, urging him
    or her to join your after-school club.
  2. Write an e-mail to a relative, inviting her or
    him to come for a visit.

22
Narrative/Story
  1. Write a short story about a mystical creature or
    being. Make sure your mystical being has some
    kind of problem to solve.
  2. In a short story, describe what might happen if
    you encountered a wild animal when you were alone
    in the woods.

23
Newswriting News Articles and Editorials
  1. Write a news article about your teams latest
    game or your clubs latest event.
  2. Create a news article for the real or pretend
    school newsletter. Announce an event that is
    coming up at school.

24
Opinion and Critique
  • Do you play video games? If so, write a short
    report on your favorite game. Dont forget to
    talk about graphics.
  • Write an opinion paragraph about a historical or
    social topic that you have been studying.

25
Personal Narrative
  1. Write about a time when you helped out a stranger
    or a friend. Tell what happened and how you
    felt.
  2. Write a personal narrative entitled Advice I
    Wish I Had Taken.

26
Persuading
  • See if you can write a persuading paragraph that
    proves something untrue, such as that walking is
    faster than running. Use real facts to persuade.
  • Think of a favorite product (cereal, shampoo,
    candy, etc.). Write a paragraph proving to a
    friend or stranger why its the best product of
    its type on the market. Use evidence to prove
    your point, such as ingredient lists, claims on
    the package or in articles about the product, or
    information from a survey of friends.

27
Poetry Writing and Analyzing
  • Start a poem with this phrase A _______ is like
    a _______. Now keep going, letting that analogy
    lead to the next.
  • Write a poem about someone who means a lot to
    you. Use powerful images and analogies to show
    how he or she makes you feel. .

28
Problem and Solution
  • Write a note (one paragraph) giving advice to a
    friend whose feelings have been hurt.
  • Write a paragraph that tells a new student how to
    avoid getting in trouble in class. Offer your own
    solutions.

29
Response to Literature
  • Think about a chapter book or series of chapter
    books that you recently read that have an
    interesting main character. Write a paragraph
    about an important moment that the main character
    has in the story. Define what the character
    learned in that moment and write about other ways
    that theme is repeated throughout the book or
    books.

30
Retelling
  • Retell to a friend the last fiction chapter book
    that you read. Give as many details as possible
    about the characters and what happens to them.
  • Retell to a classmate the last funny book that
    you read. Include as many details as you can
    remember.

31
Review
  • Choose one of your favorite books and write a
    review that gives reasons why your classmates
    should read it.
  • What types of movies do you likescience fiction,
    comedy, drama, or adventure? Think about two of
    the same type that you have seen recently and
    write a short review that compares them, telling
    what you liked or didnt like about both.

32
Sequencing Events
  • In a paragraph, sequence the events of a favorite
    holiday or family tradition.
  • In a paragraph, sequence the events of the last
    trip you took to somewhere new, whether it was
    for a day or a week.

33
Skit Writing
  • Write a short skit about a new kid at school who
    has an interesting story to tell.
  • Write a short skit about what would happen if you
    were diving in the ocean and you found a treasure
    chest.

34
Speech
  • In a speech, describe how to write a certain kind
    of poem, such as a haiku or sonnet. Include a
    little history of how the style got started.
  • Write a short speech that gives tips on solving
    long-division problems or another kind of math
    problem.

35
Advertisement
  • Write an advertisement for your favorite
    after-school club or activity. Tell why others
    would like it and where they can join in.
    Remember a catchy phrase to pull readers in. Make
    it for a newspaper or newsletter.
  • Create a television advertisement by folding a
    piece of paper into six or more sections. Think
    of each square as a scene on the TV. Draw
    pictures and write words below that tell people
    why they should buy your favorite board game or
    toy. Encourage them to buy it.

36
Analogy
  • Write a paragraph that draws an analogy between
    two people in your family, telling what they have
    in common.
  • Make an analogy between how you feel on a special
    holiday and how another event that brings up
    those same feelings.

37
Argument
  • Write a paragraph presenting an argument for why
    your favorite sport is better than another sport.
  • Imagine you are running for student council.
    Write a paragraph for the school newsletter
    arguing why you would make a good candidate.

38
Cause and Effect
  • Write a cause-and-effect paragraph about what
    happens when kids use fists to solve problems
    instead of words. Use psychological studies or
    magazine articles to provide evidence.
  • Write a cause-and-effect paragraph about what
    happens when people dont get enough sleep.

39
Classification
  • Classify the three types of creaturesherbivores,
    carnivores, and omnivoresin a paragraph.
    Describe each and give examples.
  • Write a paragraph that classifies the different
    types of house pets a person might have.

40
Compare
  • Think of your first year in school and this year
    in school. Write a paragraph explaining how these
    two years in school are similar.
  • Think of two math or recess games. Write a
    paragraph explaining how these two games are
    alike.

41
Contrast
  1. Write a paragraph that describes the difference
    between two sports that use a ball.
  2. Have you lived in more than one place? Write a
    paragraph that tells how the two places are
    different.

42
Convince
  1. Write a short report convincing your teacher that
    he or she should give you less homework.
  2. In a letter to the editor, convince the readers
    of your local newspaper to not litter at local
    parks.

43
Definition
  1. Think about an emotion, like joy, happiness,
    sadness, or loneliness. Write a short paragraph
    about what it means to you, drawing examples from
    your own life.
  2. What is a slang word that you use a lot? Write a
    definition paragraph about that word.

44
Describing Creative/Imaginative
  1. Pick a famous historical figure that you admire.
    In a paragraph, describe what you would feel like
    after making a great discovery or doing a daring
    act.
  2. Write a paragraph describing what it is like to
    take your favorite ride at an amusement park or
    water park.

45
Describing Practical/Technical
  1. Write a paragraph about a technical topic of your
    choice, such as how a motor runs, how trees grow,
    or how an animal survives, or list facts about
    planets or another.
  2. Do you know someone who has a disease? In a short
    report, tell about that disease and how it
    affects his or her life.

46
Different Point of View
  1. Pick a favorite fictional character and write a
    letter to another character in the book about
    something that happens.
  2. Imagine that you are your familys car. What
    would you say or think while being driven or
    while sitting alone in the driveway? Describe it
    in a paragraph.

47
Directions, How-To, and Instructions
  • Write a paragraph that explains how to play
    checkers or chess.
  • Write a paragraph that describes how to make a
    paper airplane.

48
Entertaining
  • Has anyone ever jumped out and scared you? Retell
    what happened in a paragraph.
  • Write a funny paragraph about how people look
    like their pets, using examples from people you
    know outside of school.

49
Explaining
  1. Write a paragraph about the steps you would take
    if you were running for student council.
  2. Write a paragraph listing the things you do in
    the morning as you get ready for school.

50
First, Second, and Third Person
  • Write three similar paragraphs, one in first
    person, one in second, and one in third. First,
    write a paragraph starting with the word I
    about why you love gym class. Then write a
    paragraph starting with You about why others
    should love gym class. Then write a third-person
    paragraph starting with People that tells why
    people enjoy gym class.

51
Journals, Learning Logs, and Freewriting
  1. Learning log Write an entry on the last fiction
    book that you finished in your reading group.
    Discuss the setting, character, and plot.
  2. Learning log Write an entry about three math
    tricks you have learned this year that help with
    multiplication, division, or algebra.

52
Letters
  1. Write a business letter to an organization for
    people involved in a subject that interests you
    (such as a scientific or medical topic) and ask
    them for more information on particular aspect of
    that topic.
  2. Write a friendly letter to a relative who you
    havent talked with or seen for a while.

53
List and Enumerating
  1. Write an enumerated paragraph of the top five
    things you like about being a third, fourth,
    fifth, or sixth grader.
  2. List seven books you want to read this year.

54
Memos and E-Mails
  1. Write an e-mail to the city council on what
    improvements you would like to see at a nearby
    park or natural area.
  2. Write a memo to your parents, informing them of
    everything you are doing in the next week.

55
Narrative/Story
  1. Pretend your family just won the lottery. Write a
    story about the event and how you would spend the
    money.
  2. Imagine that you were sent back in time to the
    age of the dinosaurs or during the Civil War.
    Describe what you experience and how you get home
    in a short story.

56
Newswriting News Articles and Editorials
  1. Write an editorial for your school newsletter
    about a change you want to see happenmaybe it is
    buying more balls for recess, building a ball
    field, or adding certain foods to the lunch menu.
  2. Write an editorial for a school newsletter about
    rules at school that you agree with. Give
    personal reasons and facts to tell why.

57
Opinion and Critique
  1. Did you recently see a television show or a movie
    that you thought was bad? Write a paragraph that
    tells what you think went wrong.
  2. Have you ever been to an art museum or gone on a
    museum tour? If so, write a paragraph that
    critiques a piece of art or a display of a series
    of art items.

58
Personal Narrative
  1. Write a personal narrative about the importance
    of teamwork.
  2. Write an essay about what it means to be
    responsible or successful. Draw from personal
    experience.

59
Persuading
  1. Write a persuading paragraph about exercise. List
    the proven benefits.
  2. Pretend you are the librarian at your school.
    Write a one-paragraph note to all of the
    students, persuading them to do more reading.
    Quote facts from articles about the known
    benefits of reading.

60
Poetry Writing and Analyzing
  1. Try to write a haiku poem by telling a story or
    describing something in just three lines. Your
    first line will have 5 syllables, the second, 7,
    and the third, 5 again. It can be an object, such
    as an apple, or an event, like a storm, or a
    place, like the beach.
  2. Pick a word that conjures up good thoughts, such
    as summer, birthdays, or vacations. Write a poem
    about the topic, starting each line with a letter
    from the word. For example, for summer you might
    start by writing Sunny streets, Unending days,
    and Mountain camping.

61
Problem and Solution
  1. In a paragraph, discuss a problem that happens at
    lunch and offer a personal solution.
  2. Write a paragraph explaining what you would do if
    you broke something valuable that did not belong
    to you.

62
Response to Literature
  • Pick one of your favorite fictional characters.
    In a paragraph, describe three main traits or
    characteristics that she or he has and give at
    least one example of each.
  • Think of a book that you recently read that
    really gave you a sense of place. In a paragraph,
    name a few techniques that the author uses to
    create that vision in your mind. Does he or she
    show rather than tell? Use long descriptive
    phrases? Give great details.

63
Retelling
  1. Retell to a classmate the last chapter in your
    science book that you read. Recall as many facts
    as you can.
  2. Write a paragraph that retells one of your
    favorite stories of all time. Hear your voice as
    you write as if you are telling it to someone
    else.

64
Review
  1. Write a review about the last book you read.
    Summarize the story line and discuss its main
    theme.
  2. Write a review for the last school play, musical,
    or concert that you saw.

65
Sequencing Events
  1. In a paragraph, sequence the events of a field
    trip or assembly presentation that you attended
    this year.
  2. In a paragraph, sequence the events of one of
    your typical Saturdays.

66
Skit Writing
  1. Write a short informational skit about street
    safety.
  2. Write a short skit about having a clubhouse in
    the nearby woods with your friends.

67
Speech
  • Brainstorm topics that start with the first
    letter of your first name and write a speech on
    one of them.
  • What is the water cycle? Describe it in a speech.

68
Advertisement
  1. Create an announcement to be read on the radio or
    during your schools morning news that persuades
    people to support a local animal shelter, food
    bank, or charity. Give a good argument on why it
    is important, what the group does, and how many
    animals or people it helps. Remember to tell who
    people should call and give a phone number for
    those interested in volunteering, or a location
    to drop donations.
  2. Create a flyer that advertises an upcoming school
    play or event that you are involved in, real or
    pretend. Give the who, what, where, when, and why
    of the event and describe why other kids wouldnt
    want to miss it.

69
Analogy
  1. Make an analogy between something in nature, like
    a still lake or snow falling, and a relaxed
    feeling, such as wonder, calm, or peace.
  2. In a paragraph, make an analogy between what it
    is like to kick a winning goal, play a song
    perfectly, and get an A on a test.

70
Argument
  1. Write an argument for why extras such as music,
    foreign language, art, and physical education are
    just as important as your other classes.
  2. Write a paragraph that argues for why you believe
    science is more important than math, or vice
    versa.

71
Cause and Effect
  1. Write a cause-and-effect paragraph about what can
    happen if you dont wear a helmet while inline
    skating, biking, skateboarding, skiing, or riding
    a scooter.
  2. Write a paragraph explaining how your health is
    affected by getting too little exercise or eating
    junk food and candy. Use facts to support the
    cause and the effect.

72
Compare
  1. What do plants and animals have in common? Write
    a paragraph that describes their similarities.
  2. Write a paragraph that compares reptiles to
    birds.

73
Contrast
  1. Write a paragraph that contrasts reptiles and
    birds.
  2. How is the earth different from other planets in
    our solar system? Write a paragraph contrasting
    earth with at least one other planet.

74
Convince
  1. Write a paragraph convincing others that math is
    enjoyable.
  2. Write a paragraph convincing your classmates to
    vote for you for student council.

75
Defintion
  1. Look up the word distrustful in the thesaurus.
    Pick an antonym to distrustful and write a
    definition paragraph about it, drawing from your
    own life experiences.
  2. Write a definition paragraph about a word you
    recently learned in social studies or science
    class.

76
Describing Creative/Imaginative
  1. Write a paragraph that describes one of your
    favorite people.
  2. Write a paragraph that describes an event on a
    trip or outing you took, such as to the state
    fair. Describe what you saw, felt, smelled,
    tasted, and heard.

77
Describing Practical/Technical
  1. Write a paragraph that describes a process, such
    as tying your shoes, doing homework, or riding
    the bus home.
  2. Write a paragraph that describes a recent
    sporting event that you attended. Tell how the
    game went and review major highlights.

78
Different Point of View
  1. Imagine that you are a favorite historical
    character who time travels to today. What would
    you say about current events? In a paragraph
    written from that characters point of view,
    write your reactions to them.
  2. Imagine you are a fly on the wall in the
    cafeteria kitchen. Write a short paragraph on
    what you might see, feel, hear, smell, or taste.

79
Directions, How-To, and Instructions
  1. Write a paragraph that instructs readers how to
    build something, such as a snowman, block tower,
    or a fort.
  2. Write a paragraph that gives directions to your
    house from school.

80
Entertaining
  1. Do you have a good pet story? Maybe your dog
    opens doors or your cat meows to the radio. Tell
    it in a paragraph.
  2. Something interesting always happens at recess.
    Think of a time something funny or strange
    happened at recess and write a paragraph about
    it. Pull in your readers with an opening line
    that makes them curious.

81
Explaining
  1. Write a paragraph about how to play a musical
    instrument.
  2. Write a paragraph about the steps you take to
    cheer up a friend. Explain each step in a
    paragraph.

82
First, Second, and Third Person
  • Write three similar paragraphs, one in first
    person, one in second, and one in third. First,
    write a short story about being stranded on an
    island. Start it with Last summer, I was
    stranded on an island for three weeks. Continue
    from that I point of view. Then, write the same
    story again, in second person. Start with Last
    summer, you were stranded on an island for three
    weeks. Continue writing to someone from the
    you point of view. Finally, write the story in
    third person, starting with Last summer, my
    best friend Nate was stranded on an island for
    three weeks. Use Nate (or another name), he
    or she, and him or her in your story
    instead of I or you.

83
Journals, Learning Logs, and Freewriting
  1. Freewriting Think about something that happened
    recently. Get a picture of it in your mind and
    start writing.
  2. Learning log Write an entry about three rules
    that you know about spelling.

84
Letters
  1. Pretend you are an animal in the forest. Write a
    welcome note to a new park ranger.
  2. Write a welcome note to a new neighbor. Tell him
    or her (or them, if its a family) about all the
    fun things near your neighborhood.

85
Listing and Enumerating
  1. Pretend someone is taking care of one of your
    pets while you are away on a trip. Make a list of
    what they need to do to care for your pet.
  2. Describe a science experiment that you have done
    at home or school. Create a numbered paragraph
    that names the steps you took to complete the
    process.

86
Memos and E-Mails
  1. Write an e-mail to your science teacher and
    include a list of science-related questions you
    have that youd like to find out the answers to.
  2. Write a paragraph for the classified section of
    your local paper. In the paragraph, describe an
    item that was lost. Give information about
    returning the item. You may want to include an
    offer for a reward.

87
Narrative/Story
  1. Write a short story about a secret club that you
    start with friends. Include a mystery that must
    be solved.
  2. Write a short story with the following
    characters a nine-year old girl or boy, a
    raccoon, and a genie or another imaginary being.

88
Newswriting News Articles and Editorials
  1. Create a news article for the real or pretend
    school newsletter. Announce an event that is
    coming up at school.
  2. Write an editorial for your school newsletter
    about a change you want to see happenmaybe it is
    buying more balls for recess, building a ball
    field, or adding certain foods to the lunch menu.

89
Opinion and Critique
  1. Write a critique of playground or classroom
    rules. Tell which you agree with and which you
    dont.
  2. Write a paragraph that shares an opinion about
    what makes a birthday party fun. Describe the
    elements of a perfect party.

90
Personal Narrative
  1. Write a personal narrative about trying something
    for the first time. Describe what it was and how
    it went.
  2. Write a personal narrative about the last holiday
    you spent with your family or the last trip you
    went on together. What did you do or celebrate?
    Where did you go and what special or interesting
    things happened?

91
Persuading
  1. Write a short report persuading others that math
    is used every day in the work world.
  2. Write a short report persuading others that Pluto
    should still be classified as a planet. Rely on
    facts to prove your point.

92
Poetry Writing and Analyzing
  • Write a poem that relates weather to a mood, such
    as sunny and happy or stormy and mad. Use
    colorful words and some rhyming to pull the poem
    together.

93
Problem and Solution
  1. In a paragraph, discuss the problem of having a
    messy desk and offer solutions for keeping it
    clean and organized.
  2. Write a paragraph that gives advice to kids on
    getting their chores done. Offer a personal
    solution.

94
Response to Literature
  1. Have you ever admired a character in a book and
    wished you they could be your best friend? Pick a
    favorite character and tell why he or she appeals
    to you so strongly and what it would be like to
    know him or her in real life.
  2. Think about a book that has a villain in it.
    Describe ways the author made you know the
    villain was evil. For example, what did the
    villain do, wear, sound like, or say? Write a
    paragraph describing how the author successfully
    created the villain.

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Retelling
  1. Freewrite about the last movie or play you saw.
    Write without worrying about spelling,
    organization or grammar. Write as many details
    about the story line as you can remember.
  2. Retell to a classmate the last chapter in your
    social studies or history book that you read.
    Recall as many facts as you can.

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Review
  1. Do you have a favorite musical group? In a short
    report, give three reasons why you like it and
    give examples to back up each reason.
  2. Write a review of a display of art or a museum
    exhibit that you have seen. In a paragraph, tell
    why it did or did not appeal to you.

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Sequencing Events
  1. Sequence the events of a funny happening that
    occurred with your friends recently.
  2. In a paragraph, sequence the events of a science
    experiment that you conducted this year.

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Skit Writing
  1. Write the beginning of a skit about a harrowing
    adventure in nature. Introduce main characters
    and the problem they face.
  2. Write a short skit that reenacts an important
    event in history.

99
Advertisement
  1. Write a newspaper advertisement that announces a
    sale that a local Boy Scout or Girl Scout troop
    is having to raise money for their club. Tell
    what the event is, where and when it is
    happening, and what the money will help fund.
    Dont forget a grabber sentence to pull in
    listeners. Design it on the page with bullets and
    different sizes of words to emphasize whats
    important.
  2. Write a radio advertisement that announces a sale
    that a Boy Scout or Girl Scout troop is having to
    raise money for their club. Tell what the event
    is, where and when it is happening, and what the
    money will help fund. Dont forget a grabber
    sentence to pull in listeners.

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Analogy
  1. Write a paragraph that draws an analogy between
    eating an ice cream cone and something else that
    brings you that same kind of satisfaction.
  2. Write an analogy that compares playing a sport to
    riding a roller coaster.

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Argument
  1. Write an argument for why bike riding and walking
    to school are better for the environment than
    driving every day.
  2. Write a paragraph arguing that too much homework
    is actually detrimental to learning.

102
Cause and Effect
  1. Write a weather-related cause-and-effect
    paragraph. For example, what is the effect of
    drought, floods, or tornadoes?
  2. Write a paragraph about the effects of watching
    too much television. Include facts from experts
    and from your own experience.

103
Compare
  1. Write a paragraph comparing boys to girls.
  2. How are poems and songs alike? Write a paragraph
    that describes their similarities.

104
Contrast
  1. How are poems and songs different? Write a
    paragraph that describes their differences.
  2. How do plants and animals differ? Write a
    paragraph describing their differences.

105
Convince
  1. Write a letter to the principal convincing her or
    him to add a foreign language to the curriculum.
  2. Write a paragraph that convinces your classmates
    that your favorite sport is the most fun sport to
    play.

106
Definition
  1. Look up the word caring in the thesaurus. Pick
    a synonym to caring and write a definition
    paragraph about it, drawing from your own life
    experiences.
  2. Think of a word that describes someones
    character or habits. Maybe it applies to you or
    someone else you know. Define the word in a
    paragraph.

107
Describing Creative/Imaginative
  • Write a paragraph that creatively describes a pet
    or an animal that you own or know. Describe its
    silly or sweet habits, expressions, or tricks.

108
Describing Practical/Technical
  1. Write a descriptive paragraph about some new
    equipment your school added recently, such as
    computers, computer programs, overheads,
    communication systems, or musical instruments.
  2. Write a descriptive paragraph about a topic of
    interest that you learned about in science class.

109
Different Point of View
  1. Imagine you are planet Earth. What would you say
    to the people who live on you? Write a letter to
    the people of Earth, telling them your thoughts,
    ideas, and feelings.
  2. Imagine you are your favorite pet. What would you
    say to your owners? Write the conversation with
    them in dialogue form.

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Directions, How-To, Instructions
  1. In a paragraph, give instructions about how to
    make a pinhole camera, an erupting baking-soda
    volcano, an ant farm, or other science-related
    creation.
  2. Write a paragraph about how to do a cartwheel,
    throw a perfect pitch, or do another trick that
    you know.

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Entertaining
  1. In a paragraph, tell about an embarrassing moment
    that you could laugh about afterwards.
  2. Write a personal essay about something that
    happened that showed the character of someone
    close to you. For example, watching your mom
    interact with a store clerk or your brother
    winning a board game.

112
Explaining
  1. Write a paragraph about a job that someone close
    to you does. Focus on one process that person
    goes through to complete his or her job and
    explain it thoroughly.
  2. Write a paragraph about a scientific or natural
    process, such as decomposition or metamorphosis.
    Use a science book for reference, if needed.

113
First, Second, Third Person
  • Write three similar paragraphs, one in first
    person, one in second, and one in third. First,
    write a paragraph that names three things you
    like about school. Next, write a paragraph to a
    classmate telling her or him why she or he should
    like school. Finally, use third person to write a
    general paragraph about three things kids like
    about school.

114
Journals, Learning Logs, and Freewriting
  1. Content-based journal In your reading journal,
    reflect on the value of reading and what you
    learned from a recent book.
  2. Learning log In a paragraph, write three facts
    about the Oregon Trail.

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Letters
  1. Write a thank-you letter to your parents and name
    all the positive things they do for you.
  2. Write a thank-you letter to a past or current
    U.S. president, thanking him for what he did for
    our country.

116
Listing and Enumerating
  1. In a paragraph, list the activities, in order,
    that you would do if you had a snow day.
  2. Pretend you need to pack for a trip or a visit to
    grandmas house. Make a list of items to pack.

117
Memos and Emails
  1. Pretend you have a new pen pal. Write an e-mail
    that tells a bit about yourself and asks your new
    pen pal about himself or herself, too.
  2. Pretend you are in charge of organizing an event
    for your sports team, such as the team photo or
    the last game party. Write a memo to all team
    members and give details of the event.

118
Narrative/Story
  1. Write a mystery with a surprise ending. See if
    you can fool your readers up to the end.
  2. Pretend you find a box of treasure or old letters
    buried in your backyard. What do you do with
    them? Write a story about it.

119
Newswriting News Articles and Editorials
  • Write an editorial paragraph convincing other
    kids to not try smoking. Include facts to back up
    your opinions.

120
Opinion and Critique
  1. Write a paragraph that shares an opinion about a
    recent school event, assembly, play, or musical.
    Tell why it was better or worse than last years
    event, if fitting.
  2. Write a paragraph that critiques a recent display
    of art in your school or elsewhere. Tell what you
    liked about the exhibit or what could have been
    improved.

121
Personal Narrative
  1. Write a personal narrative about the role that
    music plays in your life.
  2. Write a personal narrative about a time that you
    won or lost a game. Describe the scene and your
    reaction in a paragraph.

122
Persuading
  1. Write a short report persuading others that
    wolves and dogs are closely related.
  2. Write a paragraph persuading others that your
    school is exceptionally good. List real examples
    to support your claim.

123
Problem and Solution
  1. In a paragraph, discuss a problem that happens at
    recess and offer a personal solution.
  2. Write a paragraph that gives advice about how to
    succeed in getting homework done and turned in.
    Draw from your personal experiences.

124
Response to Literature
  1. Read poems by a childrens poet, such as Shel
    Silverstein, who is known for his or her
    playfulness. How does the poet keep the mood of
    the poems lighthearted? In a paragraph, describe
    your thoughts.
  2. Think about a story you have heard that retells a
    real event in history. How does the author
    develop a sense of time and place? Is it through,
    description, dialogue between characters,
    old-fashioned language, or something else? Write
    a paragraph describing your observations.

125
Retelling
  1. Retell to a friend the last adventure story that
    you read. Explain everythingthe plot,
    characters, theme, and setting.
  2. Retell to a classmate an interesting magazine or
    newspaper article that you read. Include
    everything you can remember, including whether
    you think it is important or not.

126
Review
  1. Whats your favorite childhood story from when
    you were younger? Write a paragraph about why it
    is a good choice for young readers.
  2. Have you seen a movie that you really disliked
    recently? Write a paragraph describing what went
    wrong. Critique the story line, directing, and/or
    acting.

127
Sequence of Events
  1. In a paragraph, sequence the last sporting event
    that you participated in or watched.
  2. In a paragraph, sequence the events of a story
    you read this year about a person or event in
    history.

128
Skit Writing
  1. Write the beginning of a skit about an animal
    character who faces a physical challenge.
    Introduce the main character and the problem it
    faces.
  2. Write a short informational skit that portrays a
    character trait, such as integrity,
    responsibility, respect, or empathy.

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Explaining
  1. What behaviors do some animals have that are
    similar to human behaviors? Explain in a short
    paragraph.
  2. Write a paragraph about a job that someone close
    to you does. Focus on one process that person
    goes through to complete his or her job and
    explain it thoroughly.

130
First, Second, and Third Person
  • Write three similar paragraphs, one in first
    person, one in second, and one in third. First,
    write a short story about losing a pet cat and
    how you got it back. Next, write a short story
    about your friend or neighbor who lost a pet cat
    and how he or she got it back. Finally, write a
    short story about a character who loses a pet
    cat. Or, write an informational paragraph about
    what people should do if they lose a cat.

131
Letters
  1. Write a welcome letter to a visitor to your
    school who is coming to teach you something or
    give a presentation.
  2. Write a letter to someone who has a job that you
    like, asking for an informational interview.

132
Listing and Enumerating
  • Describe how you would avoid danger from wild
    animals, a lightning storm, or other natural
    hazard. Write a paragraph that enumerates the
    steps to take to avoid that danger.

133
Memos and E-Mails
  1. In a memo, explain to neighbors about a
    fundraiser that is coming up at school that you
    would like them to attend. Describe what it is,
    how it works, how much the item or event costs,
    and when to participate.
  2. In an e-mail, write to a classmate who has been
    out sick for a few days. Review what she or he
    missed in class and what homework is due.

134
Opinion and Critique
  1. Write a paragraph that shares an opinion about an
    activity that you enjoy doing.
  2. Write a paragraph that gives an opinion about the
    last book that you finished reading. Tell why you
    liked or disliked it.

135
Personal Narrative
  • Write a personal narrative about a time at school
    when you really understood a new idea or
    concept.

136
Problem and Solution
  1. In a paragraph, discuss a problem that kids often
    have in the computer lab and offer solutions
    offered by the media specialists or teachers.
  2. Describe the problems caused by having dogs off
    their leashes in public areas and offer known
    solutions. Write a paragraph.

137
First, Second, and Third Person
  • Write three similar paragraphs, one in first
    person, one in second, and one in third. First,
    write a paragraph in first person about how to be
    a good friend. Next, write a paragraph explaining
    to a classmate how to be a good friend, using
    you and your. Finally, write a paragraph in
    third person that tells how to be a good friend,
    using they and their.

138
Letters
  • Write a thank-you letter to someone who visited
    your class or who hosted a recent field trip.

139
Problem and Solution
  1. Describe a problem you are having in math and
    tell how the math book comes up with some
    solutions.
  2. In a paragraph, discuss a problem a character in
    a book faces and offer the solutions that the
    character considers and ultimately chooses.
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