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OCTOBER 12, 2018

Get Writing with Fall Writing Prompts


Sponsored post by Time4Writing.com

Autumn is finally here! As the days get shorter and colder, the colors on the trees turn a beautiful array of yellow, red, brown and even purple. Corn mazes open for the season, and many families are spending time together apple picking, raking leaves, enjoying the smell of woodsmoke in the air, and listening to the sound of geese flying south for the winter.  

There are so many wonderful things about autumn that the list could go on forever! Yet, even as homeschoolers are enjoying the new season, the learning doesn’t stop. Writing can be a particular challenge when students would rather be playing outdoors than working through a writing assignment. To encourage your student to work on his or her writing skills, try some seasonal writing prompts. These engaging ideas can spark your child’s imagination and get those creative juices flowing. As a student writes about their chosen prompt, he or she will work on developing essential grammar, mechanics, paragraph, and essay writing skills.  

Encourage Your Writer With Fun Fall Writing Prompts

A writing prompt that engages your child’s personal learning style often works well. For younger children, a fairly detailed writing prompt is a great idea, so that your child can use as much–or as little–of it as they want or need. If you can get your son or daughter to take an interest in his or her writing, then the shaping and guiding of skills will come much more easily. Allowing them to use natural language that reflects how people actually speak can also make a writing task more engaging, but make sure that it’s not at the expense of grammar or mechanics.

Here are six fall writing prompts to get your student started on their next writing adventure:

  • I love all the colors on the trees in fall. I look up and see [fill in the colors]. [This color] is my favorite, because …
  • Every fall, I like doing special things with my family. Some of my favorite activities are … because …
  • One of my favorite things to do during fall is to rake leaves. When I rake and pile up the leaves, I enjoy it because …
  • If I could go anywhere in the world to see what fall looks like there, I would travel to [place]. I would go there by [boat/plane/other]. When I arrive in [place], the first place I would visit would be [place] because …
  • If I were a bird flying south for winter, I would travel from [place] to [place]; and when I was flying, I would look down and see …
  • Fall is full of work like harvesting, raking leaves, and cutting wood. If I could invent a machine, it would do [job].  I would call my machine … I think everyone would want one because …

Go Beyond Writing Prompts

Interactive online lessons, like Time4Writing’s 8-week writing courses, are another engaging way to build and strengthen your student’s writing skills. Whether in elementary school, middle school, high school, or beyond, students will learn about topics such as basic grammar and mechanics, paragraph structure, and essay writing, all with the help of a certified writing teacher