Writing Prompts is a Tumblr blog packed full of image-based prompts that can be incorporated into daily and/or creative writing activities. To date, there are 300+ thought provoking ideas in a variety of categories available to utilize with your students with additional prompts posted regularly.
Check out a few Writing Prompts examples shown below:
Some prompts are even accompanied with Common Core State Standards. How cool is that!
(Click on the image to view a full screen version of the writing prompt.)
I love, love, love how the Writing Prompts can be utilized not only to spark an interest in writing, but they can also be used as a way to get students to think outside of the box! Project them to an interactive whiteboard, a projector connected computer and/or use them at a classroom writing center by asking students to “jot a thought” about the given prompt. Maintaining an ongoing journal of Writing Prompts responses could also be a neat concept.
Can’t find suitable writing activities for your students and/or content area on the Writing Prompts web site? Not a problem! Experiment with creating your own visual prompts—or maybe even starting your own writing prompt blog! In fact, check out Journals, a spin-off of Writing Prompts developed by a teacher and former student of the original Writing Prompts creator for additional ideas.
Or better yet—how about challenging your students to create their very own visual writing prompts. Check out a few examples my Multimedia I students generated using PowerPoint.
Looking for a technology-based twist to Writing Prompts? Use one of my favorite Web 2.0 writing tools—Edmodo—to allow students to share and discuss their responses to Writing Prompts in a collaborative online environment. This is exactly what I did in my Multimedia I class with the visual prompts the students created. Yep—writing in a computer course! Imagine that! And it has never been more engaging—or relevant! And most importantly, the students actually enjoyed the activity!
A huge shout out to Oregon teacher Luke Neff for developing and sharing such a fabulous resource!