Friday, January 23, 2009

Two Sources of Writing Prompts

My first full-time teaching job was in a 9th grade literature and writing course (a job I felt horribly unqualified for, but was happy to try). One of the things that I learned from that experience was that creating stimulating and engaging writing prompts is not easy. That year a member of the English department lent me a book of writing prompts.

Today, new teachers (and veteran teachers) have a number of good web resources for writing prompts. Two writing prompt resources that I've recently discovered are Quotes Daddy and Plinky. (Thanks to Jeffery Hill for the Quotes Daddy link )

Quotes Daddy, as you might guess from the name, is a compendium of quotes from famous and not-so-famous people. Each day new quotes are featured on the homepage of Quotes Daddy. If you have a class blog you can add a Quotes Daddy widget to your blog.

Plinky, like Quotes Daddy, is a good place to find writing prompt ideas. Plinky provides users with a new writing prompt everyday. The benefit of Plinky over other writing prompt websites is that once you've created an account you can see how other Plinky users responded to the prompt.

Applications for Education
Quotes Daddy and Plinky could be handy resources to find writing prompts for your students. If you teach students over the age of 13 Plinky could be a good way for your students to see how other people respond the same writing prompt they address.