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Essays to Write
for Early Writers

The following are printouts with writing prompts for short essays. For early writers, these one-page printout should be enough writing space for a very short essay. For more advanced writers, extra pieces of lined paper will be necessary to complete an essay.

Instructions for the essay writers: For each essay, begin with a topic (focus) sentence that states the main ideas that you will be writing about. Then write at least four to five sentences that clearly explain the point of your essay. End the essay with a strong closing sentence that summarizes what you wrote. Check that your grammar, spelling, and punctuation are correct. Make sure to use complete sentences and write neatly!

Parts of Speech

Graphic Organizers

All About the Writer If I... My Favorite... Invent Someting New Animals Reports and Reviews Sports and Games People and Professions Holidays and Seasons Travel and Adventure
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

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An Accomplishment: Write about something that you worked hard to accomplish. How did you go about succeeding? Why did you want to accomplish this particular thing? How do you feel about your accomplishment? What other things do you want to accomplish?

An Act of Kindness: Write a page on something nice that you did for someone, or on something nice that someone did for you for no reason.

An Admired Person : Who do you admire the most? Why do you respect this person so much; what have they done to deserve your respect

An Adventure I'd like to have: If you could have any type of adventure at all, what would it be? Write a page on an adventure that you'd like to experience. Think of the wildest adventure you can imagine.

An Adventure in Space : If you could travel anywhere in space, where would you go and why? What do you think it would be like there?

Advice Your Mother Gave You: Write about the best advice your mother ever gave you. What was it and why was it important to you? How has it affected your life?

Advice Your Father Gave You: Write about the best advice your father ever gave you. What was it and why was it important to you? How has it affected your life?

Age: If I Could Be a Different Age...: If you could be any age at all, how old would you be (older or younger)? Write about why you would like to be this age and what you would do.

Age: When I'm Eighty: Write an essay as though you were 80 years old, looking back at your life. What have you accomplished, what are you proudest of, what is the world like, and do you have any regrets?

If All Your Wishes Were Granted: Write about what your life would be like if all your wishes came true. How would it change your life? What you would do?

Animal: Invent an Animal: Invent a new animal -- describe what it looks like, what it sounds like, how it moves, and what it eats. Is it scary or cuddly or something else altogether? Would it be a pet or live in the wild (or in a zoo)?

Animal: If I Turned into an Animal: If you had to turn into a different animal for a single day, what animal would you choose to become? Why did you choose that animal? What would do when you became that animal, and where would you go? How do you think you would feel when you were that animal? How would people treat you? How would other animals treat you?

Animal: An Imaginary Pet: Draw and describe an imaginary pet that you would like (or not like) to have.

Animal: Scariest Animal: Which animal frightens you the most? Describe the animal. What is it about this animal that makes it so terrifying? Is this animal actually dangerous or does it just disturb you?

Animal: Talk to an Animal: If you could talk to an animal, what animal would you talk to and what would you talk about? Why did you choose that animal? What questions would you ask that animal?

Annoying Things: Write about the most irritating, bothersome things in your life.

Annoyance: What's Bugging You?: Think about sone thing that annoys or bothers you. Write about what it is and why it bothers you. What can you do to make it less irritating?

What's Annoying You?: Think about something that annoys or bothers you. Write about what it is and why it bothers you. What can you do to make it less irritating?

April Fool Joke: Who would you like to play an April Fool's Day joke on? Why would you like to do this, and what would you like to do?

Autobiography: Write the story of your life. Start with your birth and continue the adventure up to the present.

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