Like any craft or trade, writing is a skill that improves when our students practice it—and practice it often. Although I’ve known many teachers who believe “bell-ringers,” warm-ups or informal writing reflections are a poor use of time, I still stand by them. Because I do not “grade” reflections in the traditional sense (students receive credit simply for completing the assignment) I find that students are often more willing to take risks. In fact, many students regularly comment that these exercises increase their confidence and get them excited about putting pen to paper.
Writing Prompts is a site I continue to use when I’m looking for informal writing prompts. Each prompt comes with an accompanying photo and a brief explanation of how the prompt fulfills Common Core Standards. Below are a few samples of the writing exercises you’ll find on the site.