12 back to school writing prompts

12 Back to school writing prompts | Fun back to school writing prompts help kids reflect on their summer without resorting to the tired, overused "How did you spend your summer vacation?"
LOOKING FOR some fresh ways to ease your kids back into writing? These fun end-of-summer writing prompts will help them reflect on their summer without resorting to that tired, overused “How did you spend your summer vacation?”

1. August is the only month that has no major holiday. Invent a new August holiday. How will people celebrate?

2. Did you visit a new place for the first time this summer? Describe this place and tell how you felt about it.

3. Think about your favorite activity from this past summer? What made it so much fun?

4. Describe something you did this summer that involved water.

5. Summer is a time for vacations, family reunions, and backyard parties. Write about something you did with a large group of people this summer.

6. Summer is a great time to explore the out-of-doors. Did you spend time in nature this summer? Describe where you went and some things you did there.

7. There’s one word that reminds almost everyone of summer: hot! Was your summer hot? What did you do to keep cool?

8. Kids often get summer jobs. Did you? What were some things you did this summer to earn money?

9. Write about something you did this summer that you have never done before.

10. Write five words that describe your summer. Then tell why you chose each word.

11. Describe something you did this summer to help someone in need.

12. Write about a book you read this summer.

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  • Posted September 19, 2012


    Great post Kim! I just blogged about how we used this idea yesterday. http://tinyurl.com/9txd7lm

    Thanks for such fun ideas!

    Blog, She Wrote

    • Posted September 24, 2012


      What fun, Heather! I always appreciate knowing I’m providing useful ideas for my readers!

  • Posted August 9, 2017

    Glenda Cates

    These are perfect and I will be using them with my son so he can practice his Handwriting and Spelling. Thank you for composing this and I wish you a wonderful day.

    • Posted August 10, 2017

      Kim Kautzer

      I hope you and your son enjoy the prompts! Thank you for your kind comment, Glenda.

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