By Jessica Sanders
If your students are not yet blogging, it’s time to consider bringing this fun new activity into your classroom. Blogging gives students an opportunity to work on a variety of skills: “Not only does blogging encourage students to write, it also motivates them to read and analyze texts, thereby improving their reading comprehension skills,” said Stacy Zeiger, education expert with HelpTeaching.com.
Blogging also encourages non-fiction writing and provides students with an authentic audience to write for.
If you want to try student blogging but don’t know where to start, use these creative writing prompts, which include ideas for personal writing, literacy- or skills-based writing, and more.
1. Write a blog post as the main character of [insert book].
2. Write a new last chapter for [insert book].
3. If you could change one thing about [insert book], what would it be and why?
4. Write a news report about the main conflict of [insert book].
5. Write a letter to your favorite author explaining what book you want him/her to write next.
6. Write a series of blog posts, three total, explaining the rising action, climax, and falling action of [insert book].
7. Write a plot twist for [insert book]. Include descriptive language and dialogue.
8. If you could be anyone in the world, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
9. If you could have any pet, what kind of animal would it be? Why?
10. Who would you help if you won one million dollars? Explain exactly how you would help this person(s).
11. Who is your hero? Why is he/she your hero and how can you be more like that person?
12. Why would you be a great president? Give at least three arguments.
13. What is your favorite word? Find at least three articles that use this word creatively.
14. Describe your perfect day. What would you do? Where would you be?
15. Choose one word to describe yourself. Explain why this word describes you.
16. You are now the CEO of Twitter. What changes would you make? What would you keep the same? Explain why.
17. What makes you stand out most as an individual? Do you like this quality about yourself? Why or why not?
18. If you could start your own business, what would it be? Explain why you would start this business and how you would do it.
19. Pretend you’re a journalist at a championship sports event. Write your report for the game.
20. Find a current event from this week. Write your own article about this event, including details you found in the original source.
21. Write a Wikipedia article on [insert topic]. Be sure to include sources to support your facts.
22. If you could learn about anything, what would it be? Why do you want to learn about this and what resources would you turn to for learning?
23. Write a magazine-style article about a famous person. Include images and sources to support your article.
24. Write 10 new, creative headlines for one news article from your local town.
25. Write a cookbook entry for your favorite meal. Include images if possible.
26. What would a day in your life look like if you lived [insert country, state, etc.]?
27. You are Abraham Lincoln. Write a blog post as him after the Emancipation Proclamation.
28. Write a diary entry from [insert historical character].
29. Create a list of 10 reputable resources about [insert topic, subject, book, etc.]. Be sure to name every resource and include all the links.
30. What would life be like in [era students are studying about—i.e. middle ages]?
31. If you could talk to one historical figure, who would it be? Explain what you would want to talk about.
32. Write a rhyming poem about your pet or a friend’s pet.
33. Write a haiku about your favorite food. Remember to be creative.
34. Write a narrative poem about a family event you recently attended.
35. Write a poem about going back in time. What do you see and feel?
36. Write a poem about the town you live in. Think about your favorite parks, stores and people, and be sure to include them.
Reflections on Web Tools
This awesome list of prompts comes from TheEduBlogger.
37. Live Blog – Create a ‘Storify‘ for a topic or event that collects tweets, Instagram, links, and more into one place. Embed the story into a post and include an introductory summary and conclusion.
38. Infographic – use a tool like Canva to create an infographic and then write a post describing why you included the ideas you did.
39. Video – Produce a video with Animoto, or upload it to YouTube, embed it, and write about the decisions you made when making the video.
40. Poll – Use Google Forms or a plugin to publish a survey or poll. Follow up with a post that goes over the results, including graphs, charts and analysis.
41. Lists – Use Listly to create a list of resources, links, people, or ideas. You can even use this tool to crowdsource the list.
42. Talking Avatars – Create a speaking character using Voki to read your post or to interact with your blog’s visitors.
43. Presentations – Publish the slides, Prezi, or video of your presentation in a post. Reflect on the presentation. What is one thing that went well and one thing that could be have been improved?
44. Comics – Create a cartoon using Bitstrips and share it on your blog.
45. Audio – Record yourself speaking or reading and then use a tool like Audioboom to discuss your audio in a post.
46. VoiceThread – Embed your VoiceThread project in a post and encourage your blog readers to leave a comment with feedback on the presentation.
47. Write step-by-step directions to complete [insert task—build a birdhouse, make a smoothie]. Embed images and/or videos to explain various steps.
48. What is your favorite quote? Write it in your blog post and explain why it’s your favorite. Create and embed an image with your quote on it as well.
49. Write a countdown of your 5 favorite hobbies, using different sized headers for each hobby to show the least favorite to the most favorite.
50. Create a list of your favorite memes and embed each meme in your blog post along with your own caption.
What creative writing prompts have you used for student blogging? Tell us in the comments!