On Saturdays, I spark my topic from a quote I like or can easily identify with. Last Saturday I shared several quotes about family. Two Saturdays before that was on Giving Gifts. One Saturday in November was on writing and how to start. You get the point!
Often kids remember famous people by linking them to a famous quote. Quotes can be used as a wonderful writing prompt for any age, adults and children alike.
No one is perfect – that’s why pencils have erasers.
The above quote can be a good writing prompt for any age. Even (possibly more so) elementary age kids can identify the need for erasers! Especially while they are writing a paragraph or story. These younger kids may need a little more verbal prompting - encourage them to write about how they feel if someone expects them to be perfect or write about when they usually need to use their erasers. They can write about what would happen if erasers did not exist! Why do you think the unknown author said this? What was happening at the time? Make up a creative story to go with the quote.
It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.
There is more treasure in books than in all the pirates’ loot on the Treasure Island.
Kids sometimes like quotes by famous people and most kids know who Walt Disney was! Other famous individuals such as Laura Ingalls Wilder, Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King or the latest rock star have said things that may spark the imagination of a child or young adult (or adult) writer. There are lots of sources for quotes on the internet. You know what your child's (or your) interests. Look up a few and pick one (or more) that resonates with you.
If a child is reading a biography about a person, have the child research famous quotes by that person and select one particular quote to write about. The assignment can include historical aspects of the person's life to support why and when the phrase was spoken.
Here's another book on quotes for any age. A search on Amazon will lead you to lots of resources to use for this writing exercise!