The Problem: By the third week of school, not to mention the third month, writing prompts can get a bit dry. Students are less excited about writing, less enthusiastic about sharing, and struggle to come up with something new. After the tenth journal entry about the same beach vacation, it is time to come up with something new, but what? Never fear! Really Good Stuff Solutions is here!
Student-Generated Writing Prompts
The Solution: Teachers know that when children are invested in what they are doing, the more excited they are about doing it. The same is true when it comes to journal prompts and daily journal entries. The 100 Things I Can Find Bookmarks are not only a great way to celebrate the 100th Day of School, they are ideal for back-to-school journal prompt writing. Take the students on a walk around the school and have them create a list of 100 things that they see or hear. See two teachers whispering to one another in the hallway? Jot it down on your bookmark! Hear a mouse squeaking from his classroom cage? Make a note of it. The free, reproducible Really Good Activity Guide that comes with the bookmarks has more great ideas about how to use them in the classroom. Then, during journal writing time, students can use one of the things listed on the bookmark as inspiration for their entry. With 100 different ideas to start with, students are sure to always have an inspiring idea in front of them.
Hint: Store the bookmarks in the journals for easy reference!