13 Dystopian Writing Prompts

While most suited to older students or writers looking for a dark yet thought provoking topic, dystopian stories can be a rich area to explore.

Often involving troubling subject matter such as authoritarian government control of the population or devastating climate damage, these stories can be great tools to look at what could happen in the future if people are not mindful of the direction society is taking.

So today we have a variety of darkly dystopian prompts to get your creative (and thoughtful) writing juices flowing…

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Substitute Teacher Forms (also for Relievers & Supply Teachers!)

Whether you know them as substitute teachers, relievers, or supply teachers (depending on where you are in the World), anyone who teaches will invariably need their services a multitude of times to cover our classrooms responsibilities when we cannot.

Often we’ll want to let them know what sort of learning or lesson we would like to happen – and provide them with the resources necessary.

The other thing that we’ll want is to get some feedback from the substitute teacher on what learning activities have gone on, along with any issues or other noteworthy things.

So today we’ve got several downloadable PDF templates to share with you, to be used to both give guidance to our substitute, and to receive the days feedback.

I hope that you find them useful!

Let’s get started…

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Narrative Story Planner

Helping our students, particularly young children, plan an outline of the story they’re setting out to write is an extremely useful technique.

This helps them to consider different narrative elements such as characters, settings, and their overall story arc.

Today we’ve put together a couple of handy worksheet PDFs for you to download and use with your class – and we will go through some our tips for how best to introduce your students to a story planner.

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Reading Log Template

Enjoying reading a good book, and losing yourself in a richly woven story is a wonderful addition to anyones life.

I have my own memories of being a child entranced by a fantastic tale, and credit my love of the written word to being surrounded by books since before I could even read.

It should come as no surprise then to discover that I try to encourage the enjoyment of reading in all children.

Today I’ve got a couple of reading log templates to share with you, which your children can use to keep track of what they’ve read.

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Beginning Middle End Graphic Organizer

When we are teaching our students reading or writing skills there are numerous techniques we can use to help guide their thought process.

One such method which I’ve used to great effect over the years with my students is the “Beginning Middle End” graphic organizer.

This allows me to easily guide the kids to think about the different phases of a story or narrative, and allow them to better understand (or create their own) story arcs.

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Instead of Said

Encouraging our little writers to take full advantage of the English language is an important aspect of teaching writing skills.

Children tend to default to using the same basic verbs in their writing, and we can open their eyes to all the possibilities with a decree that “said is dead”!

Even from the earliest ages we can help our students understand that there are many verbs they can use instead of “said”.

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102 One Word Writing Prompts

The mind.

The creative muse.

The universe.

Whatever you believe helps you to be creative and write a story that takes the reader on a journey, let’s give it a helping hand – through just a single word.

Let’s use one single word to spark the imagination, and let creativity take over.

One word not enough to trigger your creative writing?

Ok, fine. How about 102 in quick succession?!

I’ll eat my hat if that doesn’t activate your neurons enough to get a concept for a story bubbling to the surface.

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19 Mystery Story Ideas

How could it be?

There was no explaining the strange events of that stormy night.

I bet you’re curious to know what happens next, and what this is all about? You wouldn’t be the only one – and for good reason!

A mystery has the power to capture peoples attention. It is well suited to weaving complex plots and sudden twists and turns to it’s storyline.

Writing a mystery can be a challenging and rewarding creative endeavour, for young and old alike.

So here are 19 story ideas for your next mystery, to help build those writing skills!

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16 Visual Writing Prompts

A picture says a thousand words, or so the saying goes more or less.

And there is something to that for sure – we all know it.

We have all experienced it – looking at a striking image which immediately conjures up a story in our mind.

So let’s take advantage of our extremely visual brains, and use a range of very different images to inspire the creative process, and get interesting unique stories started in no time at all!

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47 Second Grade Writing Prompts

It’s time to give your kids a heaping helping of enthusiasm for writing.

Or for getting a great class discussion going for that matter.

However you choose to use them, there is no doubt that writing prompts can be extremely effective for most ages during schooling in the classroom or at home.

So let’s dig into this a little further…

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