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We like to begin or end a lesson with a simple writing prompt.  If at the end of the lesson, often the prompt was “What was learned today?”  Having students focus their thoughts and put them into written words always aids retention and the follow up discussions were insightful and sometimes led to entire other lessons. We would refer to these writings as “Learning Logs.”

This list of over 80 writing prompts will also help stimulate lesson ideas for you.  Please consider downloading our free Teacher’s Guide to Open Ended Discussions, too.  It pairs well with this list.

  • Subject Areas: ALL, but many fit best with Social Studies
  • Materials Required: Optional, but a display of the prompt is helpful.
  • Time Needed: 15-20 minutes usually.