When I first started teaching, I was shocked to discover how many students felt completely lost when given a "free write" assignment. I love coming up with new writing ideas -- doesn't everybody?
I soon learned that not everybody is exactly like me (thank goodness, actually) and decided to come up with some creative alternatives for students who prefer writing prompts to stimulate their imagination. My favorite idea so far: writing prompt flow charts.
Flow charts allow students to find their own personalized writing prompts based on their interests and/or current mood. Check out the flow chart below! If a student doesn't like the first prompt he chooses, he can answer the questions again for a different outcome. I'm feeling inspired to make a whole notebook full of these and keep it at the back of my classroom for students who need inspiration. What do you think?