Review: November Creative Writing Prompts on Teachers Pay Teachers
The November Creative Writing Prompts booklet
is a free download available on Teachers Pay Teachers. The booklet is a
series of creative writing prompts that can supplement a classroom’s writing
workshop, give students the opportunity to focus on fun creative work during
the morning hours, or keep fast workers engaged if they finish their
assignments before the rest of the class.
The sixteen-page booklet offers a wealth of fun
prompts to get students interested in new topics. Some prompts relate to common
themes in November surrounding the Thanksgiving holiday, but not so many as to
exhaust the topic. Other prompts encourage students to write about the animal
that is most like themselves, new ways to measure time, and thoughts on how to
honor the country’s veterans. There’s an interesting section on funny
analogies, a page that has the student draw a picture incorporating an unusual
shape, and colorful graphics throughout. The cover can also be personalized for
The author suggests that the workbook be given
to students who finish their assignments in class early, but the pages in the
workbook could also serve as stand-alone creative writing assignments with
students receiving copies of one page instead of the entire workbook. There’s
lots of opportunity for teachers to customize the workbook to suit their own
classrooms and needs.
All in all, this is a fun writing workbook that
will engage students in a wide variety of creative writing topics. The prompts
guide students to use different types of creative thought, with some prompts
asking for reflection on historical events from new perspectives and others
that offer the opportunity to reinvent a way of doing a common task. There’s
plenty of space on each page to write, and the graphics add a touch of charm
and whimsey without being distracting. It’s a great set of writing pages for
writers in second through fifth grades.
Bryan Cohen is the author of more than 30 books, many of which focus on creative writing and blasting through that pesky writer's block. His books have sold more than 20,000 copies. You can find him on Google+ and Facebook.