Colorado Authors League (CAL) has created a FREE ebook for teachers and parents looking for fun and practical writing exercises for students from first grade through high school. Prompts for Young Writers is available in English and Spanish as a free ebook or PDF download. You can access the book by clicking here.
“Think of a writing prompt as a diving board,” said CAL Co-President Barb Lundy. “An interesting first line gives storytellers a way to dive into a story.”
CAL member Patricia Raybon, whose work has appeared in the New York Times and USA Today offers this idea for first and second graders: I could feel my bike tire skid, I knew I was falling… “That’s a great way to start a story. We like to discover and solve problems in the adventures we read.”
Bestselling author Todd Fahnestock sets up reader fun with this opening line for high school fantasy writers. “The dragon dipped its head, glaring at the dumbstruck group that had stumbled into its lair. “So,” the dragon said. “Where shall we begin?”
Visitors to the Colorado Authors League site can also find additional books that have activity and teacher guides.