137 Free Printable Writing Prompts

Writing Prompts are a helpful tool to get any reluctant writer started.  Writing prompts help students to overcome writing’s biggest obstacle: knowing what to write about.

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Using writing prompts is also great preparation for taking tests like the ACT or SAT. The ACT’s essay section gives each student a writing prompt to expand upon. These writing prompts in my set are very similar to the kinds of essay questions a test taker might come across.

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How to Use Writing Prompts

So, how do you use writing prompts?

In our family, we’ve required our kids to write an essay each week.

Invariably the complaint would come, “I don’t know what to write about!” With these writing prompts, which I printed up on cardstock and cut apart, I had the young writer pick a card and start writing.

The cards are about 4″ x 6″, and I keep them stored in a caddy, along with other writing tools I have.

In my caddy, I have some grammar and usage cards, spelling rules, and some address cards. On the address cards, I have the names, addresses, and birthdays of friends and family. As part of creative writing, we encourage letter writing. Blank notecards (which I stock up on while on sale) are stored nearby in an old metal lunchbox.

Downloading and Printing these Free Writing Prompts

To download and print these writing prompts, just click on the link for the Writing Prompts. The PDF viewer will open the file, and you’ll be able to save it to your computer or print it from your printer. I recommend saving it to your own computer first, so you will always have it. I have a special folder in my documents for all of our school printables, which helps me to find things quickly.

I recommend printing these onto card stock so that they will be sturdier. They will print four to a page. After printing, cut each page in half vertically then in half horizontally, so that you will have four cards from one page. If you need to trim them to fit into whatever container you’ll be storing them in, there is plenty of room to do so. I also laminated mine, so that they’d last through five children.

We’re down to our last two students in our home school this year, and they’ve lasted pretty well.

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