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 2nd grade students 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, and today we’re focusing on the 2nd grade.

So let’s dig into this a little further…

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42 First Grade Writing Prompts

Never underestimate the power of a good story.

And while that is certainly true when it comes to encouraging children to read more, and consequently develop their reading ability – it is no less true when we are wanting to help students develop their writing skills.

In fact, for many kids, writing a story is one of the most enjoyable activities they take part in at school, and I’ve always tried to lean into this in my classes.

But how can we help ensure every student in the class is going to use their imagination and write a story to share?

Today we’re going to look at using writing prompts to do just that!

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17 Superhero Writing Prompts

Capturing the attention of a writers creativity, so that a story starts to weave its way into existence is a wonderful thing.

Consider a superhero, whether with fantastic powers beyond human ability, or simply an extraordinary character with a driving force to their actions.

Yes, the superhero is a concept enough to grab the attention of even the most reluctant writers!

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31 Winter Writing Prompts

“The snow is falling more heavily now, blanketing the ground.”

Winter evokes a strong response or thought in most people, which is just perfect when it comes to getting started writing.

Today I’ve written a collection of 31 winter themed prompts for you to use to get those writing juices flowing.

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21 Would You Rather Writing Prompts for kids

Posing a delightfully engaging question to kids has always been a wonderful way to get them to dive in enthusiastically to writing time.

Nowhere is this better shown than with a class full of kids excitedly debating a “would you rather” writing prompt, wanting to share with everyone which choice they want to make!

And yes, I definitely like to throw some very silly ones in there…

Also, if you’re needing writing prompts for younger students, try our 2nd grade writing prompts, which should be better for that age group.

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19 Science Writing Prompts

While there are plenty of hands on experiments to be done when teaching (or learning) science, it’s also important to take some time to think about some of the bigger questions that science and invention involve.

I’ve found one interesting way to do this is to present the kids in my classes with a question or statement about some aspect of how science impacts them or the wider world, and ask them to delve into what thoughts they have about it.

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37 Adventure Writing Prompts

It’s time to spark the creative process, and what better way than to get thrown into a dramatic adventure story setting.

What I love about this is that it works so well for the full spectrum of writers from young to old – and reluctant to unstoppable wordsmiths.

An exciting adventure premise for your story is a fantastic place to get started writing, and it just right away allows the creativity to take over and weave the tale…

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27 Fantasy Story Ideas

Imagination.

This is one of the things I love most about all creative activities I’ve been involved in.

And writing is without a doubt one of the most imaginative pursuits available to us – anything is possible, and as a writer we’re limited only by our own imagination!

In my experience that is true of almost all genres of writing – but fantasy novels and short stories often are crafted from pure creativity – with incredibly varied and rich lore, fantastic ideas, and language used.

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High Frequency Words

Learning to read can be a challenge for many kids, but thankfully there are many methods that can be used to help this process along.

One of the most widely used teaching methods is the use of high frequency word lists.

So what are they exactly?

While there are several different lists in use across different countries and school systems, the principle remains the same – have a child learn lists of the most commonly used words in the English language.

In some systems, these high frequency word lists gradually increase in difficulty – where as others simply arrange in order of most commonly used (which often are indeed the simplest of words).

Either way the end result is the child being able to immediately know the majority of basic words on sight in a written passage, which leaves them free to devote more thought to learning the remaining more difficult words.

So let’s look at this concept in more detail, and I’ll share with your some of the techniques that have been most effective in my classroom…

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