Do the Write Thing:
Story Prompts


  1. Choose an object in your home or classroom. Imagine it is alive. What sort of a personality would it have? Write about it!

  2. Write a story with an imaginary character.  Create a problem for your character to solve.

  3. Write a story about a character who does something wrong. What happens as a result?  What does the character learn?

  4. Write a story in which a character conquer some of his or her fears.

  5. Write a story about going on a long and eventful journey. Include details to make your story exciting!


  1. Write a story about a small animal that achieves something that the bigger animals fail to do.

  2. Write a whimsical story about an animal with magical powers.

  3. Write about an animal that you would like to have as a pet. Research it. What would it eat? Where would it sleep?

  4. Think about an animal that you know. How would you describe its personality? Spunky? Shy? Hyper? Write about it.

  5. Research one nocturnal and one diurnal animal. Do you think they could be friends? Why or why not?


   1.  Think of something you dream of doing.  What do you need to do to accomplish that goal?  Write a list of the steps you need to take.

   2.  Think of a moral that you’d like to share with others.  Write a story that conveys that message to your readers.

   3.  Is there something you would you like to invent? Write a story about how you would create it.

   4.  What is your favorite fairy tale? Write an adaptation of it.   Change the plot, create a surprise ending, or add new characters.  Make it your  own!

   5.  Choose an emotion.  Write a poem that expresses the different ways that you can express that feeling.

   6.  What genre or type of books do you like to read?  Mysteries?  Science Fiction?  Fantasy?  Humor?  Write a story in that style. Add illustrations.

   7.  Describe your favorite hobby? Why do you enjoy it? Write about it!

   8.  Have you ever dreamed about being a sports star? What sport would you play and why?

   9.  What is your favorite sports team? Write about why you like that team? Add details including the number of players, the object of the game, etc.

  10.  Do you have a favorite game that you like to play? What is it? Write about how to play that game. Include details such as the rules of the game, how many players are involved, etc.


  1. What rules do you have at home? Write a book Rules of the House for someone who doesn’t know your family’s rules.

  2. Do you have a family member or a friend who has helped you? What did they do? How did it make you feel? Write about it!

  3. Have you ever been mean or rude to a friend without realizing it? What did you say or do?  How did you fix the situation?  Write about it.

  4. Do you know what country your ancestors came from? Research it. Write about it.

  5. Discuss with a parent what you should do if you ever get lost.  Write down the plan and read it aloud to your family.


  1. Keep a journal.  Next time you are sick write about it.  Include the details.  Are you feverish?  Is your nose runny?  Write a story about a character who feels the same way.

  2. Think about what makes you happy or sad. What other emotions do you experience? Write about them in your journal.

  3. Keep a dream journal next to your bed. Write down your dreams then turn them into songs!

  4. What do you want to be when you grow up?  What do you need to do to prepare for it?  Write down the steps in your journal.

  5. Imagine you are an astronaut. Write a journal entry. Explain what you think you are going to see in space. Share how you think you will feel in space.



  1. Has anything ever happened at school to interrupt your regular routine? What was it? How did everyone react? How did you feel? Write about the situation.

  2. Do you have a favorite teacher? What makes him or her so special? Write about it!

  3. Write about a field trip that you took. What did you see? What did you learn?  What was your favorite part of the day?

  4. Imagine you are a new kid at school. What does it feel like? Who do you meet? Write about it.

   5.   What is your favorite subject in school? Take what you’ve learned and turn it into a story.


  1. ¿Porqué es antipático burlarse de otros?  Escribe una lista de razones porqué.  Why is it mean to make fun of others?  Write a list of the reasons why.

  2. Write about a time when you pulled a prank on someone. Think about why you did it. What could you have done instead?

  3. Have you experienced the loss of a family member or friend? How did you feel?  How did you cope?  Write about it.

  4. Have you experienced the loss of someone you care a great deal about?  Write about some special memories you have of that person.

  5. Have you ever had to make a difficult decision?  What was it about?  Did you get help while trying to decide? Write about the experience.

  6. Think of a time you saw someone being treated badly at school.  What did you think?  What did you do?  What could you have done differently?

  7. Think about some of your closest friends. What do you have in common with them? What makes you different? Write about the similarities and differences in a descriptive story.

  8. Think about what causes stress. How do you cope with stress? List ways in which you and the people you know could handle stress in a positive manner.


   1.  Choose an animal that lives in the wild and research it.  Write a report based on the information you’ve learned.

   2.  What animal would you like as a pet? Research that animal’s habitat, diet, and behavior. Write about how you would take care of that animal.

   3.  Research a famous event from history. Write a report about the event and illustrate it!

   4.   List the planets in our solar system. Choose one planet and research it. Write about what you’ve learned.

   5.   List the four main parts of a flower. Research the function of each part. Write about it!

   6.   Research a historical figure. Write a report based on your findings. Turn it into a game show you can play with friends or family.

   7.   Read about different countries. Decide where you would like to visit. Research that place and write a report about it.

   8.   Read about different cities in the United States. Choose one you would like to visit. Research that city and write a report about what you would like to see and do there.


  1. Write a persuasive essay about something you would like to see changed at your school.

  2. Think about the environment. Research one problem that you have heard about, such as air pollution or global warming. Write an essay about ways that we can all help to solve the problem.

  3. What animal do you think would be a great pet? Write a persuasive essay explaining your reasons.


  1. Take a walk through your neighborhood.  Write about what you see and hear.  Then create a drawing or painting of it.

  2. Take inspiration from the world around you and create your own art.

  3. Find a painting you like. Try drawing the different elements in it.  Write about the experience.

  4. Create your own homemade sock puppet. Write a story with it as the main character.

  5. Create a drawing. Use the characters in your drawing as inspiration for a story.


  1. Explore a powerful word or idea and write a poem about it. Then turn your words into a song!

  2. Have you heard anyone in your family use an expression when speaking? Write a story or create a drawing that describes it.

  3. Find a sentence that has a word you don’t know. Try to figure out what it means from the context. Look up the word to see if you were right!

  4. Go to the library.  Read several folktales or fairy tales.  Choose one you especially enjoy. Then write a version of that story with your own twists and turns.

  5. Think of an activity you enjoy.  Describe how to do it using the words first, next, then, and finally.

  6. Choose five of your vocabulary or spelling words.  Write a story that uses those words!

  7. Write a short story. Then edit your story by including more descriptive language.

  8. Think about your own writing process.  What inspires you to write?  What do you enjoy writing about? Do you prefer writing poems or stories?  Write about writing.



  1.   Think of an activity you do every day. Write instructions about how to achieve that task.

  2.   Invent a new food dish. What is it? Write out a recipe and instructions on how to prepare it. Be creative.

  3.   What is your favorite food? Write out the recipe and instructions on how to prepare it. Try cooking it with an adult at home.

  4.   What sport are you interested in? Pretend you’re explaining it to someone who has never seen that game. Write instructions on how to play it.

  5.   Invent a board game. Write instructions on the rules of the game. Create the board game out of cardboard or paper. Play it with your friends!