We love hearing how much your students are enjoying the writing journal prompts! We’re having a lot of fun with them, too. So far we’ve shared our August and September journal prompts. We’re continuing our yearlong writing journal prompt series this month with October themes. If you are new to using writing prompts with beginning writers, pop over to our writing journal prompts tips and ideas page for more information.
The October Journal Set is 90-pages of information and writing prompts with various formats to meet the needs of your students.
There is a quick overview of Writer’s Workshop to help you get started.
There are four Journal Cover Page Options to choose from. Three have images for children to color and one has a blank space so kids can design their own cover illustration.
We like to provide multicultural crayons for kids to choose the one that is closest to their own skin color. Our crayons are from Lakeshore, but there is a similar crayon option here.
Each set of journal prompts comes in three formats. For early writers who are still drawing and labeling pictures or experimenting with writing their first sentences, we recommend the unlined version.
Once students are able to write a simple sentence we recommend transitioning to the lined version.
Having both options in one set allows you to differentiate within your classroom for each child’s specific needs. Some kids can get the unlined version while others get the lined version of the same prompt. Each child is covering the same topic but at an appropriate level for their abilities.
For advanced writers we’ve also included an extended page with lines. That way kids can keep writing beyond the main prompt page when they are ready to do so.
We’ve included a wide variety of writing prompts so that children get exposure to different types of writing. There are age-appropriate prompts that give students a chance to explore expository, persuasive, narrative, and descriptive writing.
Use these free printable writing checklists to help students review their writing and focus on key developmental writing skills.
ALL WRITING JOURNAL SETS NOW INCLUDE A DIGITAL BONUS!
All prompts sets now come with a digital version of the prompts in Google Slides™.
The digital bonus also includes Writing Steps and Writing Checklists in three differentiated lists. These can be displayed before and after writing to remind kids of the key details to remember when drafting and reviewing their responses.
Inside the digital version there are also blank starter slides so that you can add your own prompts, use a blank prompt page for modeled writing, or create your own versions of the the writing steps and writing checklists pages.
THEMES INCLUDED IN THE OCTOBER JOURNAL PROMPTS SET
For the October set we focus on themes that loosely relate to Halloween. There are 34 prompts total. That way you will have extras to choose from if a specific theme or prompt isn’t a good fit for your kids. (If you’re looking for other fall topics you’ll find Fall, Apple, Leaf, and Pumpkin themes in our September writing journal set.)
The October set includes:
6 Community Helper Theme Prompts
5 Spider Theme Prompts
6 Bat Theme Prompts
5 Monster Theme Prompts
7 Halloween Theme Prompts
5 General Prompts
WHAT IF YOU ALREADY HAVE JOURNALS TO USE?
No worries! If you already have pre-made journals or journal paper to use , then you can print out the mini prompts we’ve included. Shrink them to the size you need, print, and have kids glue them directly into your existing journals.
Then parents and students will know the topic as they read over journals at a later date.
They are also available on Teachers Pay Teachers if you prefer to shop there.
TRY A WEEK FOR FREE
Want to try out a few writing prompts? Get a whole week of prompt ideas for free! In this 19-page free printable we’ve included 2 journal covers and 5 journal prompts. Each journal prompt is presented in all three formats (without lines, with lines, and label only) that are offered in each monthly journal set.