Category Archive for: ‘Writing Assignments/Prompts’

Why Are English Teachers So Unteachable?


My headline is intentionally provocative. Sorry about that. I’m sure there are plenty of humble, teachable English teachers in the world. I just seem to encounter a lot of particularly pugnacious ones. Maybe a blog like this attracts the stubborn ones in unusually high numbers. If you are an English teacher who is open to new information and willing to change both …

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Writing Challenge: Oulipo N + 7


Here’s a fun poetry exercise for middle or high school students. Actually, adults might like it too!

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Narrative Writing Prompt: An Unforgettable Dream


  Occasionally, I like to share some of the writing assignments we give students at WriteAtHome. This one provides an …

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Teaching Tip: 3 Rules for Creating Effective Writing Assignments


One of the toughest tasks of the writing teacher is coming up with assignments that challenge students without frustrating or boring them. I’m often asked if in our WriteAtHome courses we “tell students what to write,” or if we “give them the topic.” Here’s how I answer that.

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Descriptive Writing Prompt: An Unexpected Guest


 Here’s another good writing assignment for middle or high school aged students. Feel free to use it; it’s worked for …

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