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Third Grade Writing Prompts #6: Reading

Time to flip the page! Here is a collection of 10 third grade writing prompts on the subject of reading. While many kids love to read and have stories read to them, they don't often get as excited about writing. By focusing on one of their favorite things to do, you may be more able to coax a story or two out of them.

You may notice that the numbers on this page do not start at 1 and work their way up. This is because these 10 third grade writing prompts are an excerpt from my book, 500 Writing Prompts for Kids: First Grade through Fifth Grade. If you like these free samples, the full version is available in both digital and paperback form. 

Third Grade Writing Prompts #6: Reading

211. What is the best book that you’ve ever read in your life? Who are some of the characters from it and what makes you like them so much? What makes this book so special to you?

212. What are a few of the things that you like about reading? What are some of the things that you don’t like about reading? What would you do to improve upon some of the things that you don’t enjoy so much?

213. What is the worst book you’ve ever read? Why didn’t you like it? Imagine that you had to meet with the person who wrote the book (the author). What would you say to him or her about the book?

214. Which do you like better, reading out loud in a group or reading silently and alone? Discuss the positives and the negatives of both and how you might learn differently with each method.

215. Have your parents ever read you a bedtime story? Did they read to you from a book or did they make up a story on the spot? Which one was your favorite and why? If your parents never read you a bedtime story, make one up that you might have enjoyed when you were really little.

216. What about reading is tough for you and what about reading is easy for you? How do you think you could work on the tough things to become a better reader? Keep in mind that you can learn anything if you give it enough time and effort.

217. What is the strangest thing you’ve ever read? Was it from a book, a magazine or online? How did you feel when you read these weird words and what did you do after reading it?

218. Have you ever read something that changed your life? For example, you read something that taught you something new or that made you think about a certain subject in a new way? If so, talk about it in detail. If not, write something down that might change the life of someone you know in a good way.

219. Have you ever read the lyrics of a song? It can be a lot different from listening to the song on your computer, iPod or the radio. How is it different and why?

220. Describe how your reading skills help you with the following areas: nutrition labels, instructions for toys, traffic signs, baking recipes (like cookies) and “sale” signs at the mall. 

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Written by Bryan Cohen

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 and Facebook.

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