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Writing prompts for 4th grade writing

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  1. Imagine you had a hundred dollars, but you couldn't keep it. You had to give it away to a person or charity. Who would you give it to? What would you want them to do with it?
  2. Describe one time when you were brave.
  3. If you could cook any meal for your family, what would you cook? Describe the meal and tell how you would make it.
  4. Imagine you woke up and saw a dinosaur in your backyard. Write a story telling what you see and do.
  5. Imagine you opened your own restaurant. Tell the name of your restaurant. Explain what the restaurant looks like, who works there, and what you serve.
  6. Describe your favorite character from a book, a movie, or television.
  7. Write a story titled, "My Journey on a Pirate Ship." You and your friends can star in the story.
  8. If you could have any animal for a pet, what would it be? Describe the pet and how you would take care of it.
  9. Do you have any brothers or sisters? If you do, tell what they're like. If not, tell whether or not you would like to have a brother or sister.
  10. If you could have lunch with any famous person who would it be? What would you talk about with this person?
  11. Write a story titled, "The Bat Who Couldn't Fly."
  12. Imagine you were a wonderful painter and your parents would let you paint anything you wanted on your bedroom walls. What would you paint? Use lots of details to describe your artwork.
  13. Describe the oldest person you know.
  14. Describe the youngest person you know.
  15. Do you think a monkey would make a good pet? Explain why or why not.
  16. How old were you four years ago? Describe some things you can do now that you could not do then.
  17. Imagine you worked at a football stadium. What would your job be? (examples: quarterback, cheerleader, coach, referee, ticket seller) Describe what you would do while you were on the job.
  18. What do you like best about your home?
  1. If you could be on any game show, what would it be? Describe what happens when you're on the show.
  2. Describe your favorite season (fall, spring, summer, or winter). Tell what kinds of things you like to do during that season.
  3. Write a story titled, "The Baby Dragon."
  4. Describe several ways a person your age can earn money.
  5. Would you want to visit the moon? Why or why not?
  6. If you could spend an afternoon with one member of your extended family, who would it be? Tell why you chose this person and tell what you do together.
  7. Which superpower would you most like to have-- invisibility, super strength, or the ability to fly? Describe what kinds of things you would do with your powers.
  8. Think of a time when you've won something. Tell what you won and how you won it.
  9. Invent a new kind of sandwich. Describe what is on it and how you would make it.
  10. Describe one thing you're really good at.
  11. Imagine you were twenty feet tall. Describe what life would be like.
  12. If you were a doctor, what kind of doctor would you be? (examples: children's doctor, veterinarian, eye doctor, dentist) Tell what your job would be like.

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Creative Writing Journal Prompts

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W.4.1
Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.1.a
Introduce a topic or text clearly, state an opinion, and create an organizational structure in which related ideas are grouped to support the writer's purpose.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.2
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.2.a
Introduce a topic clearly and group related information in paragraphs and sections; include formatting (e.g., headings), illustrations, and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.2.b
Develop the topic with facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples related to the topic.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.2.c
Link ideas within categories of information using words and phrases (e.g., another, for example, also, because).
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.3
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.8
Recall relevant information from experiences or gather relevant information from print and digital sources; take notes and categorize information, and provide a list of sources.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.9
Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.9.a
Apply grade 4 Reading standards to literature (e.g., "Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text [e.g., a character's thoughts, words, or actions].").
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.9.b
Apply grade 4 Reading standards to informational texts (e.g., "Explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text").

Range of Writing:

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.10
Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.
  1. Imagine you had a hundred dollars, but you couldn't keep it. You had to give it away to a person or charity. Who would you give it to? What would you want them to do with it?
  2. Describe one time when you were brave.
  3. If you could cook any meal for your family, what would you cook? Describe the meal and tell how you would make it.
  4. Imagine you woke up and saw a dinosaur in your backyard. Write a story telling what you see and do.
  5. Imagine you opened your own restaurant. Tell the name of your restaurant. Explain what the restaurant looks like, who works there, and what you serve.
  6. Describe your favorite character from a book, a movie, or television.
  7. Write a story titled, "My Journey on a Pirate Ship." You and your friends can star in the story.
  8. If you could have any animal for a pet, what would it be? Describe the pet and how you would take care of it.
  9. Do you have any brothers or sisters? If you do, tell what they're like. If not, tell whether or not you would like to have a brother or sister.
What would you paint? Use lots of details to describe your artwork.
  • Describe the oldest person you know.
  • Describe the youngest person you know.
  • Do you think a monkey would make a good pet? Explain why or why not.
  • How old were you four years ago? Describe some things you can do now that you could not do then.
  • Imagine you worked at a football stadium. What would your job be? (examples: quarterback, cheerleader, coach, referee, ticket seller) Describe what you would do while you were on the job.
  • What do you like best about your home?
    1. If you could be on any game show, what would it be? Describe what happens when you're on the show.
    2. Describe your favorite season (fall, spring, summer, or winter). Tell what kinds of things you like to do during that season.
    3. Write a story titled, "The Baby Dragon."
    4. Describe several ways a person your age can earn money.
    5. Would you want to visit the moon? Why or why not?
    Describe what kinds of things you would do with your powers.
  • Think of a time when you've won something. Tell what you won and how you won it.
  • Invent a new kind of sandwich. Describe what is on it and how you would make it.
  • Describe one thing you're really good at.
  • Imagine you were twenty feet tall. Describe what life would be like.
  • If you were a doctor, what kind of doctor would you be? (examples: children's doctor, veterinarian, eye doctor, dentist) Tell what your job would be like.
  • See Also:

    Writing Prompts

    This page has printable writing prompt worksheets.

    Persuasive Writing Prompts

    Check out our collection of persuasive writing topics.

    Writing Story Pictures

    Write a creative stories to describe what's happening in these pictures.

    1. Imagine you had a hundred dollars, but you couldn't keep it. You had to give it away to a person or charity. Who would you give it to? What would you want them to do with it?
    2. Describe one time when you were brave.
    3. If you could cook any meal for your family, what would you cook? Describe the meal and tell how you would make it.
    4. Imagine you woke up and saw a dinosaur in your backyard. Write a story telling what you see and do.
    5. Imagine you opened your own restaurant. Tell the name of your restaurant. Explain what the restaurant looks like, who works there, and what you serve.
    6. Describe your favorite character from a book, a movie, or television.
    7. Write a story titled, "My Journey on a Pirate Ship.
    If not, tell whether or not you would like to have a brother or sister.
  • If you could have lunch with any famous person who would it be? What would you talk about with this person?
  • Write a story titled, "The Bat Who Couldn't Fly."
  • Imagine you were a wonderful painter and your parents would let you paint anything you wanted on your bedroom walls. What would you paint? Use lots of details to describe your artwork.
  • Describe the oldest person you know.
  • Describe the youngest person you know.
  • Do you think a monkey would make a good pet? Explain why or why not.
  • How old were you four years ago? Describe some things you can do now that you could not do then.
  • Imagine you worked at a football stadium.
  • Describe what happens when you're on the show.
  • Describe your favorite season (fall, spring, summer, or winter). Tell what kinds of things you like to do during that season.
  • Write a story titled, "The Baby Dragon."
  • Describe several ways a person your age can earn money.
  • Would you want to visit the moon? Why or why not?
  • If you could spend an afternoon with one member of your extended family, who would it be? Tell why you chose this person and tell what you do together.
  • Which superpower would you most like to have-- invisibility, super strength, or the ability to fly? Describe what kinds of things you would do with your powers.
  • Think of a time when you've won something.
  • Imagine you were twenty feet tall. Describe what life would be like.
  • If you were a doctor, what kind of doctor would you be? (examples: children's doctor, veterinarian, eye doctor, dentist) Tell what your job would be like.
  • See Also:

    Writing Prompts

    This page has printable writing prompt worksheets.

    Persuasive Writing Prompts

    Check out our collection of persuasive writing topics.

    Writing Story Pictures

    Write a creative stories to describe what's happening in these pictures.

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