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500 Writing Prompts for Kids: First Grade through Fifth Grade by [Cohen, Bryan]
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"The questions are open ended and give enough detail to spark a thought in a child who otherwise would have no idea where to begin. I certainly would recommend this book for any family - struggling or not in the writing department."
Kristal D., The Homeschool Post

"I would recommend this book especially if you are struggling to figure out some creative ways to get your children to write. The format of his book will allow for young students as well as the older student in promoting the creative juices needed not only to write but to start thinking towards blogging."
Debbie Ingold, Children Grow, Children Explore, Children Learn

"Bryan Cohen did an amazing job, not only did he come up with 500 interesting, thought provoking questions, he also managed to word them in a way that leaves room for so many different answers, making sure that the child knows that there is no "wrong" way of answering the questions. I think (it's) a really brilliant book and I know we will be using this book for many years to come."
Miriam Abigail, Here We Are Together

"Whether you are a home educator like myself, or a school teacher, or parent, this is a very useful book. It can also provide just plain fun conversation between you & your child (to) get to know your child better, encourage them to use their imagination, and have fun; the possibilities are endless!"
Erika Bragdon, Musings from a Stay at Home Mom

From the Author

For the last three years, I've maintained a motivational writing website called Build Creative Writing Ideas. One of my favorite types of articles to write was a page fully dedicated to writing prompts. These were story starters that anybody could use to get themselves past their pesky writer's block.

On a whim, I created three separate pages for first, second and third grade writing prompts. Prompts pages that kids could use if they were surfing around the Web or if their parents and teachers happened to find the site. The pages quickly became the most popular on my site and thus their popularity was the inspiration for this book.

The 500 writing prompts were incredibly fun for me to write (since I'm a big kid at heart) and I really hope that some fantastic teachers and parents try this out on their own big kids at heart. Of all the books I've written, this is the one that I think can truly make a positive impact on the world. Kids need to write and they need to be encouraged to build up that skill. Hopefully books like mine can make that more of a possibility.

To those parents, teachers and students out there, I wish you a hearty, "happy writing!"

Bryan Cohen
Author of 500 Writing Prompts for Kids

Product Details

  • File Size: 268 KB
  • Print Length: 86 pages
  • Publication Date: March 17, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004SOYV4K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #638,192 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
Written specifically for kids in the first through fifth grade age range, 500 Writing Prompts for Kids by Brian Cohen replaces the dread and drama of getting kids to write with fun and imaginative prompts to get those pencils moving. The prompts are open-ended and designed for kids to use as a journal entry or even perhaps as a research project.

Here are a few examples:

73. What is your favorite time of the day and why? Is it right when you get up in the morning? It is lunchtime? What do you do during that time that makes you enjoy it so much?

178. Some of the best writers in the world are song writers. They come up with the lyrics that your favorite singers turn into #1 hits or that they use in popular musicals. Write a short song on whatever subject you choose. Don't worry about the music behind it, just write the song and see how it turns out.

266. What are five things that you like about the Internet? What are five things that you dislike about the Internet? If you had the choice, what would you change to make the five things you dislike about the Internet much better?

I liked 500 Writing Prompts for Kids for the wide variety of topics. The book is broken down into 10 different sections with varying titles such as Imagination, Activities and The Outside World.

As a homeschooling mom, one big drawback I did find was that this book is heavily rooted in questions that pertain to kids that attend school and that would not be applicable to homeschoolers.

For example:

3. Do you remember your first day of school ever? What was the school like and what did you feel like when you walked in? Were you scared? Were you confident? Talk about your whole first day from beginning to end.

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Format: Paperback
500 Writing Prompts for Kids is chock full of open-ended questions that will stimulate kids' imaginations in no time. They'll be having so much fun that they won't even notice they're writing paragraphs. The prompts, in 10 different categories, can be used for journal exercises, classroom activities, extra credit projects, writing tests, poems, songs, adding to art, or just about anything else.

What a fabulous tool for homeschool teachers or classroom teachers (grades 1-5)! "They" (you know, those unnamed experts) say that the more kids write--about anything--the better their writing skills become. Cohen's e-book takes away the "But I don't know what to write about!" issue. 500 prompts go a looong way. I love the fact that he also provides a creative ideas for using the writing prompts.

This e-book was provided to me by the author, Bryan Cohen, for free in exchange for a review. The opinions expressed are my own.
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Format: Paperback
The book contains 500 writing prompts divided into various categories such as Life Lessons, Memorable Events, Technology, and the Seasons. Additionally, inside each of these categories, the reader can find a wide diversity of writing prompts divided into various sub-categories. Most of the writing prompts are specific enough to give children a direction in writing. Yet Cohen does a great job of keeping the prompts open-ended enough to encourage critical free thinking in children.

I also like the fact that the author not only encourages children to write---he also encourages parents to write with their children. In households where children can view their parents writing for pleasure, they are more likely to seek out that activity for themselves. (And updating your facebook status doesn't count!)

Perhaps my favorite section of the book is the appendix at the back of the book. There Cohen provides a list of great ways to his writing prompts in the classroom or at home. I loved this list! It can really give parents and teachers some ideas on making writing an everyday pleasurable experience.

500 Writing Prompts for Kids covers grades first through fifth so parents could potentially use this book for years. I have also found that even very young children could can use some of these prompts verbally to parents. (One important pre-writing skill is the ability to verbally narrate. So this book could potentially build that skill too.)

Bottom Line:
The book is available either in an electronic format or as a paperback. Additionally, the book is listed at a very affordable price point which makes it realistically obtainable for most families. I think that parents who wish to encourage writing at home would do well to have a copy of this book on their shelves. I think that the book is a great reference book that I could see myself referring to often.
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This is a great book for my ESL tutee. He will be ready for increased language proficiency. He is doing well in kindergarten; however, since his family speaks its native language at home, I am concerned about his future.

This book will help him learn to write properly between the times I do not see him. He is an eager learner, always wanting to be the first child in line for school, and proud that he received an A plus in kindergarten. He and another student are the only two in the kindergarten class who can read, and they help the other children who do not read.

I see that he will place his rather large food appetite into this book and the other books purchased for him to ensure that his reading and writing appetite is eagerly "eaten". His hunger and thirst for knowledge will continue as he strives to be the best in his class. He is competitive, and I see that this is a healthy channeling of his energy.
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