Tuesday, September 2, 2014

What If? 3 Writing Prompts

Island Survivor Guide
ELA teachers can never have too many writing prompts. This Middle and High School lesson plan offers 3 new activities for students in grades 6-12 to strengthen their writing, understanding of higher level thinking concepts and speaking skills.

The prompts include:
1. Island Survivor Guide
What if you had to stay on an uninhabited island in the Mamanuca Islands chain for 30 days? This island does have a drinkable water source in its mountainous jungle terrain, but food sources are questionable. State why you will be there, list 10 items that you will take and explain why you have chosen them. 

Headline: “Teenager Wins Multi- Million Dollar Lottery”

2. Headline: “Teenager Wins Multi- Million Dollar Lottery”
What if you won $3,000,000 in a lottery? Although you are under 18 years of age, for this writing exercise, you winnings are legally yours. Write the article from a newspaper reporter’s point of view following the given format. 
Note: Keep the Lead Paragraph under 30 words. Body Paragraphs should be 30-45 words. Write in the Inverted Pyramid format by presenting the most important information first and the least important last. This is normal journalistic style, so if anything needs to be cut for space requirements, it will always be from the end of the article. Your article must fit in the provided spaces, only, and



The Perfect Home
3. The Perfect Home
What if you could choose to live anywhere in this world? Where would it be? Where you live right now? Would it be in the High Sierra Mountains? On a Thailand beach? In Highclere Castle? In a high-rise condo in New York City? Who would live with you - your family- a friend- -two Newfoundland dogs-no one? Why is this place- location and type of house- your ideal? Paint a word picture by describing your idyllic home- the place itself, the location and the people/pets who would share this home with you and your reason(s) for this choice. Use the back of this handout if necessary


As an added bonus, in the detailed Teacher Notes, I present another lesson option: "TRY THIS: use any of these activities during the study of any fiction or non-fiction piece to check students’ reading comprehension. In these lessons, students will write from the point of view of a teacher- assigned or student-selected character."

Three activities=Infinite Possibilities. 


Download these lesson plans for grades 6-12 from http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Writing-What-If-3-Writing-Prompts-1427588 

Happy Teaching,