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iOpeners
Advanced Placement Literature Prompts -- PowerPoint with each open question prompt on a separate slide. Handout. Analyzing Political Cartoons -- Directions for analysis of political cartoons, with a different cartoon on each slide. Handout.
Autobiography Portfolio -- Each slide covers one assignment in the Portfolio Project. Handout. Art Prompts -- Artwork that lends itself to writing. Handout on Writing about Art. Check out Annie Barrett’s “Seeing Matisse’s The Red Studio.”
Timed Essays -- SAT style 20-minute essay agreeing or disagreeing with the statement on each slide. Handout with grading rubric & sample essay. Picture Prompts -- Nearly 100 photographic images that lend themselves to writing and suggested writing topics. Handout.
Quote Prompts -- Each slide has a quote which can be explained, discussed, analyzed, supported, contradicted, and/or used as a sentence model. newVisual Writing Prompts are gorgeous, and inspirational. I have selected 60 from the website -- just in case they disappear.
Writing Quotes -- The quote on each slide relates to writing, reading, or a specific form of literature. new500 Prompts for Narrative and Personal Writing from The New York Times -- Each entry on this categorized list links to a related Times article and includes a series of follow-up questions. 
newParaphrasing -- 32 passages that lend themselves especially to paraphrasing. Handout. newList Love -- 101 List Prompts for Art Journals. These probably work best if students do embellish these with doodles and drawings and stickers.

Note to Teachers: Bellwork, or iOpeners, are invaluable for productively managing the very first seconds of class. Each of these offers an extensive, and organized, set of writing prompts to start class. Nonetheless, some can also be used for more extensive journals, discussion topics, and homework writing.

  • For example, a selected prompt from the Advanced Placement Literature Prompts could be used for a pop quiz on last night’s reading, or even the final exam on a text. Groups can be assigned to develop a thesis and evidence citations for different prompts. As a review heading toward the AP exam, students can discuss which works they have studied fit which prompts.
  • Prompts from the Timed Essays, while for 20-minute essays, work wonderfully for Socratic seminar discussions.
  • Prompts from the Autobiography Portfolio work as in-class personal writing assignment, but work even better as literary responses. What better reading check than a Personal Alphabet to describe Scout Finch?

If you discover special ways to use these, please let me know! Email.

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