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Creative Writing Prompts for Kids and Teenagers: Resources for Elementary, Middle and High School Teachers

Updated on July 6, 2014

Creative Writing Prompts with Photos


Writing Prompt Websites and Resources

A great resource worth bookmarking!
A great resource worth bookmarking! | Source

Writing Prompts: Themes and Seasons This website is a must see for any teacher, but I especially like to use this site whenever I need ideas for writing prompts. Aside from writing prompts the site features a great assortment of printables, lesson plans, thematic units, games and puzzles in a variety of subjects.

The writing prompts at are categorized by month. This is especially helpful when looking for seasonal and thematic prompts. Plus, the developers of this site have provided the prompts in a PDF format. This is excellent for projector use - saves you time and paper on copies!

Daily Writing Prompts at

Writing Bugs from are a nice choice. They include tips to help the writer complete the prompt.
Writing Bugs from are a nice choice. They include tips to help the writer complete the prompt. | Source

Writing Prompts: By the Month, with Tips is great resource for just about any teacher. You'll find lessons galore as well as PDF's and community forums on education. This site has a nice line of writing prompts that they call Writing Bug. Writing Bug's can be shown on a projector or downloaded as a PDF file. All the prompts offer brief tips, which encourage the writer to consider a variety of ideas about the prompt. The site has the series categorized by month.

Writing Bug series at


Writing Prompts: For Teens and Adults This site has a different approach. features a page with numbers from 1 to 346. You roll your curser over the number and a prompt pops up. There are some really interesting prompts on this page - challenging too. Many of these prompts will encourage creative writing aside from personal narratives. These prompts are great for adults as well. Check it out!


Writing Prompts: Elementary Students This is hands down the easiest of sites. Although it does not offer PDF files it has an awesome list of prompts. This is a great site to bookmark for any level writer. This site is actually an elementary resource, but I do believe these prompts are effective for teens and young adults alike.

CanTeach Writing Prompts


Writing Prompts: By Grade Level This site is a writing teacher's dream! I'm going to give you two links for this one. There are two sections of this site that are especially useful when seeking writing prompts. The first section divides the prompts by age and grade level. The prompts are divided by the following grade levels -

  • Grade 1
  • Grade 2
  • Grade 3
  • Grades 4 - 5
  • Grades 6 - 8
  • Grades 9 - 12

Click here for the GRADE LEVEL link

The next section of this site that I want to share with you is the Home page. The home page currently features a large section of thumbnails. These thumbnails represent additional prompts. However, I strongly suggest that after you click on a book-cover you scroll down under the prompts where you will find a wonderful assortment of student models. The developers of this website kept this section very user friendly and have listed these works by type. Such as personal narrative, persuasive writing, research writing and more. These are excellent papers for you to share with your students. Also, under the student models the site shares multimedia projects. Such as a report into a power point presentation. Technology is here to stay! Great site! I cannot say enough good things about this one.

Here is the link to the HOME PAGE

Creative Writing Prompts on

Miscellaneous Writing Prompts by MissOlive

  • You walk outside and the wind blows a note to your feet. You pick it up and read it. It is a love note written to someone you know. You decide to...
  • You are walking down the hallway when you suddenly see a good friend of yours purposely push somebody. You run up and...
  • As you head into the school restroom you hear someone crying. It is a student you have never seen before and they begin to tell you...
  • Your setting is a crisp Sunday morning by a lake. Your only objects are a boat, a journal, a half eaten slice of toast and a broken fishing pole. You are alone and far from home. What happens next?
  • The house looked worn and unattended. The plant by the door looked like it had been dry for quite a while. I pressed the doorbell and heard slow footsteps drag towards the door. Then, ...

If... Questions for Teens

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Education hubs by MissOlive include;

  • Teaching Tone and Mood - This hub includes a lesson plan, video, handouts and extension ideas.
  • Teaching and Understanding Voice in Reading and Writing - This hub includes an example of using a Socratic Seminar as the means of evoking voice in students. The hub also includes a checklist of what to look for when evaluating voice.
  • Happy Idioms - Many students struggle with identifying idioms. This is a simple list of Happy Idioms. These are especially helpful for ESL students.
  • Angry Idioms - This list is just like the one above, but includes over 50 Angry Idioms
  • Vocabulary Development and Context Clues - Students are being taught to analyze sentences in order to identify clues and meaning of words. This hub provides examples for identifying context clues.
  • Bio-Poems, Transitioning from Reading to Writing - Bio-Poems are a fun technique for prompting students to write simple poems about themselves or others. Bio-Poems can provide the skeleton for drafting biographies or autobiographies.
  • How to Make Education Videos on a MAC #1 - Technology is a great way to enhance your teaching style. This "How-To" hub shows you how to turn a basic PDF file into a movie. I included the accompanying video as well.
  • Keeping Similes Simple - Similes can be a bit confusing at times. This hub simplifies the use of similes in order to enhance understanding. It also includes a variety of links to helpful hubs on similes and metaphors.
  • Elements of Poetry and Literature - Terminology - This hub is a work in progress and contains terminology of common and not so common terms related to poetry and literature. The terms include the definition and samples.


Credits for Graphics

  • The pencil graphic is by Lee Hansen Graphics. I have added the link under the graphic to the right of this text box.
  • The red divider was created in Keynote and edited in iPhoto.
  • Images of websites were captured by me with an Apple app called Grab.
  • Teaching Tips were created in Keynote and edited in iPhoto.


All MissOlive hubs are authored by; marisa hammond olivares - copyright 2011


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      Rosetta Williams 13 months ago from Gurgaon

      Pretty good points

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      dever anthony 3 years ago

      Weird is what I am

      What makes me be myself? What am I? Weird is what I become in peoples eyes, me being weird is who and what I am. Stand for who you are, not what you should be. I like things most people don't, why should I say I don't? I don't care if I fit in or not. lets just be me! A weird outgoing kid who wants to be free.

      Dever Anthony

      Thank you for reading

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 5 years ago from Texas

      B. Leekley, thank you so much for your support. I'll be sure to check out and link your hub as well. Thanks for sharing.

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      Brian Leekley 5 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      This hub is a great resource for us hubbers, too. I'm bookmarking it. Up, Useful, Interesting, and shared, and I'll link from my current hub and future hubs on writing prompts.

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 5 years ago from Texas

      leann2800 - thank you! I'm glad you think so. I use these links for my own classroom. I appreciate you stopping by to read, comment and vote. :)

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      leann2800 5 years ago

      This is great for teachers, students, parents, and writers. Up and useful.

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 5 years ago from Texas

      cebutouristspot - thank you very much. I appreciate you sharing this :)

      tsmog - Thank you. No, not an administrator. I did all my upper management before going into education. I have no interest in going beyond the classroom at this point, but I wouldn't mind retiring from a University. Thank you for coming by. :)

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      Tim Mitchell 5 years ago from Escondido, CA

      Awesome! Adding new classes to the curriculum? Are you sure you are not an administrator. Oh wait, my Sis-in-law started out as an elementary teacher before becoming a principal of a middle school, now a superintendent assistant or something like that. Your adventures here sharing valuable information has done one thing for sure - appreciate you and her much, much, more! I should take the time to get to know her better - smile!

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      cebutouristspot 5 years ago from Cebu

      Very good resource material that you have written here missolive. I am sharing this to my FB :) Votng up. Thanks for sharing

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      I think it is so important to get teens to write---so this was for me, a great set of resources!

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 5 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Audrey. I'm flattered you think so. I use some of these in my classroom.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      This is a great resource!!!

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 5 years ago from Texas

      Cagsil - Thank you Ray. I make it a point to keep a 'substitute folder' ready at all times. I also have a folder with 5 - 10 minute activities in case we are caught up for the day. I do appreciate you coming by to read and comment. I sincerely value your opinion.

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      Cagsil 5 years ago from USA or America

      A very useful hub for those who need the tips. :) I'm sure that many people can probably benefit from it and possibly even some other teachers. LOL I voted up and useful.

      On a side note- teachers should always be prepared for an emergency of life, so that their class doesn't go off course when a substitute comes in. I know and remember plenty of times when a substitute teacher took over a class and the period ended up being a study time. Completely non-productive most of the time because when there were questions that arise the substitute couldn't even answer them. Thank you for increasing awareness and helping others to improve. :)

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 5 years ago from Texas

      My Minds Eye53 -

      Thank you! I hope she finds it useful. :)

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      My Minds Eye53 5 years ago from Tennessee

      great hub, I have already sent it to my daughter and to my niece, who is home-schooling.

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 6 years ago from Texas

      StephanieBCrosby - Thank you for your great comment and complement. Resources do seem to be pretty limited when we first start teaching. I know I just wanted to keep my head above water when I first started teaching.

      Thanks again

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      Stephanie Bradberry 6 years ago from New Jersey

      ...And the hits keep on coming. This is another great and useful hub. I wish an article like this was around when I first started teaching high school. Advice provided in the texts was a bit too generic for me. I had to learn quickly how to put my creativity and wits to use. I hope educators find this hub, especially new ones.

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 6 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Sunshine! The 'Write Source' link would be perfect for the little ones. :)

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      Linda Bilyeu 6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Superb MissOlive! I am going to share this with my daughters who teach PreK and Kindergarten...bless their hearts and yours! Their students will be teens one day so start teaching them a bit early! Way to go teach!:)

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 6 years ago from Texas

      homesteadbound - thank you very much! I cannot imagine you having writer's block- you have done sooooo well with the challenges. Great job.

      SanneL - Thank you for reading, commenting and bookmarking. Very happy to now this is helpful. I still can't decide which of the links above is my favorite.

      samsons1 - Hello! Pleased to meet you and I am happy to mutually follow! prairieprincess is awesome and I am a fan of her work. I appreciate the votes, comment and bookmarking. See ya' around the hub.

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      Sam 6 years ago from Tennessee

      Very well written and informative. Thanks so much for the insight and leads. Happy to have found this through prairieprincess's recommendation. Bookmarked, voted up and also useful. I will follow you...

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      SanneL 6 years ago from Sweden

      missolive, great tips!

      I am going to bookmark this page for future use.

      Thanks for sharing this very helpful and useful article.

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      Cindy Murdoch 6 years ago from Texas

      Once again, missolive, you have a winner. I have bookmarked this one for future reference if I ever find myself facing writer's block, or if I just need a break.

      Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge.

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 6 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Kris! One can never have enough writing prompts. I might need to read a few myself. I have a horrible case of writer's block right now!

      Thanks again!

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      Kris Heeter 6 years ago from Indiana

      Wow - these are very cool tools. I'll be sharing this with my followers:) thx!

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      Sharilee Swaity 6 years ago from Canada

      Miss Olive, VERY useful hub! I am definitely bookmarking this one. Voted all ups but funny. You can never have enough writing prompts!

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      Leslie 6 years ago from South Carolina

      Great Hub. I found the information very useful. Voted up and useful :)


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      writingfrosh 6 years ago from Philippines

      Thanks for sharing this hub! I find it very useful.. Voting up :D

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      Brett Caulton 6 years ago from Thailand

      Wonderful hub full of helpful advice and great links. It is also clear that you have put in a lot of effort, as it's style really jumps out of the screen!

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 6 years ago from Texas

      I had fun with my writing prompt today. My classes are getting ready for two days of writing benchmarks and I didn't want to burden them today. I gave a fun writing prompt to warm them up for tomorrow. They came up with some very interesting pleas...

      First I talked to them about PARDONING and how the President pardons a turkey every year. Then I gave them a prompt...(from Education World)

      Imagine you are a turkey. You must convince someone not to cook you for Thanksgiving dinner. What would you say to convince him or her?

      here is the link to the prompt if you are interested in using it

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 6 years ago from Texas

      Thank you bohemiotx - writing prompts are a fun challenge

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      Joffre Meyer 6 years ago from Tyler, TX

      This is such a cool article both in content and design. So far I just skimmed over it, but I'm looking forward to reading this long hub, as I've been a prompt writer as well. I'm on hubpages too.

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 6 years ago from Texas

      Ardie - that is perfect. It still hi-lights the journey of their lives. These journals will develop and evolve with them. Keep them for them (if they'll let you) :)

      Mine kept her spirals in a box in her closet. The current one is almost always in her college backpack.

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      Sondra 6 years ago from Neverland

      I wish for them to keep a running journal! My oldest (10) does keep tabs on her daily life but its usually only about toys she played with or going to a friend's house, not her feelings. My other two (6 and 7) prefer to draw hahah Im still working on them :D

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 6 years ago from Texas

      That is a great idea Ardie.

      My daughter is now in her 2nd year of college. She started keeping personal journals in middle school. She looks back at them now and fondly (and sometime not so fondly) reminisces about the various events in her life. She still keeps an active journal to this day. Perhaps your kids could do the same.

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      Sondra 6 years ago from Neverland

      I am going to bookmark this page for summer vacation from school. Over the summers I have my kids keep writing journals. They often get sick of writing about the same things so now I will have new ideas to get them started!!

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 6 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Sinea! Don't mention it - it is a valuable learning tool for all hubbers. Glad to share.

      Faceless - I'm glad you came by. I greatly appreciate your comment and support. I hope teachers find this useful as a quick go-to page whenever they need to find a prompt.

      Dallas93444, Millionaire Tips and Veronica - glad to meet all of you. Thank you for reading and leaving such great comments. I had fun putting this together. I'm especially glad to hear you each find the hub resourceful.

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      Veronica Roberts 6 years ago from Ohio, USA

      Wonderful ideas, and helpful resources. That graphics are fantastic!

      I really hope that parents and teachers find their way to this hub!

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      Shasta Matova 6 years ago from USA

      Great resources so wonderfully presented. I really like the graphics you added to make the site easy to read.

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      Dallas W Thompson 6 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      Your attention to details and the depth of your writing resources show! Thanks for sharing. Awesome!

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      Faceless39 6 years ago from The North Woods, USA

      Rated up, useful, awesome, and interesting. This is a fantastic hub in every way! The content is wonderful (I totally agree that prompting is a great tool for getting people to begin writing); the layout; the information; everything! I'm really impressed--Great work, MissOlive! :)

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      Sinea Pies 6 years ago from Northeastern United States

      Thanks for the mention! I really appreciate it, Missolive. I absolutely love the layout and visuals in this hub! So professional and colorful. Great job! Voted up and useful. Sharing it, too.

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 6 years ago from Texas

      saddlerider1 - Isn't it amazing how most of us remember at least one teacher? Ahhhhhh the strap! If walls could talk! lol Just know this - you have taught this teacher more than a thing or two. Thank you for stopping by, reading & commenting. I have seen your other comments today and I am on my way over to respond. I am truly touched by your support. (McNugget...hehe)

      wanzulfikri - the nice thing about writing prompts is they are not necessarily restricted to specific age or level. The simplest of prompts can evoke an entire novel. Glad you came by to read and comment.

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      wanzulfikri 6 years ago from Malaysia

      A really splendid source for new writers, such as me. Thanks for the hub. I will be sure to try some of the websites you mentioned.

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      saddlerider1 6 years ago

      Where were you when I was in school? I may have become a much better writer if taught by you. Although thank goodness for dear Mrs Schellenberg my grade 5 teacher who showed me the value of the proper way to print and use my quill as I dipped back then into the ink well on my desk.

      oops sometimes squirting some on the girl sitting in front of me, then I was off to the principle's office for the strap. Heck. lol This was another great instructive hub of yours, you are a gift here at the hubs, keep them coming. Rated way Up and beyond, simply the best... I voted for your previous McNugget, I caught your tweet and immediately read and voted...

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 6 years ago from Texas

      Thanks WillStarr - your comment and suggestion reminded me of another exercise I did not list. Every now and then we will do "rolling words" It is an oral activity- I'll give a prompt to a student and he needs to add a sentence - he then calls on another and they add a sentence and so forth. These are fun and the students don't feel like they have their head buried in a paper.

      Thank you for stopping by - oh, and careful in the court room ;)

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Another exercise is to create a good first line, and then build a story around it, or even better, swap good first lines with a partner and see where it goes:

      "If I had just ignored it and moved on, I wouldn't be in court today."

      Good points!