First Grade Writing Prompts

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  1. Seich30

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    I am tutoring a child who is having trouble in school with writing. According to his teacher, he is doing well brainstorming--but can't seem to getting any farther. I'm looking for a list of a few writing prompts for this level so I can practice with him. I'm a pre-k teacher so this is a little out of my area of expertise. Thanks for the help!
     
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    Hey, with my first graders I have them create visual writing prompts. I have many ink stamps that portray animals, cars, wilderness scenes, and so forth. I give the children 5 minutes to put between 3 and 8 stamps on the top of the paper and fabricate a story on ther picture. It works out really well.

    If you dont have access to stamps, make a master copy of a bunch of picture children can color and cut out. They can glue them on top of their paper and draw a background. You end up with ten different stories from the same picture prompts!

    Good luck!
     
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    You can do the same thing with stickers and make "sticker stories"
     
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    I just bought some great chunky foam stamps at Wal Mart for 50 cents each. One of them had 3 on a strip!
     
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    The kindergarteners in my daughters class just did a writing activity on what they want to do when they get to first grade. The prompt was "In first grade I will.." Maybe your could tweak it a little for your first grader.
     
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    Thanks for the ideas--I'm on track now!!
     
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    What i do is I let each child pick a picture of something ( The student and I don't know what it is) and I have them write a paragraph describing what it is.
     
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    There was a discussion a while ago in which we discussed 4-Square Writing- this can really help. It's a way of using a graphic organizer to stretch out a writing idea. If this kid is good at brainstorming the 4 Square could really work. Like if it's a personal narrative the squares are for beginning, middle, end and a feeling sentence or two for conclusion. Persuasive or essay- 3 reasons in the squares and a conclusion. There's a book you can buy- or search for the discussion here regarding 4 Square- It really has imporved my student's writing!!
     
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    I had never used it before, czacza, but after reading that thread I used it (Four Square) just last week. It was the best writing I have gotten out of the kids all year! Thanks.
     

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