Writing Journal Prompts
Sentence Practice and Narrative Writing
Have example of a sentence, story, and expository with par...
2/7 Write a letter to someone (a family member) you love telling
why they are special. Look back at the example to make su...
Sentences:
Sentences have a noun and a verb. The noun tells who
and the verb tells what the noun does. The sentence
should...
Expository:
An expository paragraph has at least a topic sentence, a main point,
detail, and a closing. Most paragraphs ha...
The following is an example of a 7-sentence paragraph
composition:
Pandas
My favorite animal is the Giant Panda for two re...
Letter Writing:
A letter has four main parts: heading, greeting, body, & closing.
The heading is where the date is posted....
Sample Letter
January 15, 2003
Dear Monica,
Thank you for taking care of my dog last weekend. Our family had a
great trip ...
Personal Narrative:
A personal narrative is a mixture of expository writing and story writing. A
personal narrative has th...
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  1. 1. Writing Journal Prompts Sentence Practice and Narrative Writing Have example of a sentence, story, and expository with parts labeled. 8/31 Write 5 sentences about what you want to learn this year. Use capitals and correct punctuation. Work on your handwriting. 9/13 1. Create and describe a character. (2-3 sentences) 2. Create and describe the setting where this character would live or spend time. (2-3 sentences) 9/27 Write a story using the characters and setting from your last writing entry. Remember- A story has a beginning, middle, and end. The beginning describes the characters and setting. The middle has a problem. The end has the solution. 10/11 Write a descriptive/expository paragraph about your mom or dad. Topic sentence: I love my _______ for many reasons. 10/25 Write a descriptive/expository paragraph about your favorite movie. Topic sentence: ______________ is my favorite movie for many reasons. Letter Writing: At beginning of section have a model with all the parts of the letter labeled. 11/8 Write a letter to a family member about our Halloween Party. Look back at the example to make sure you have all the parts, the parts are in the right place, and you have all the capitals and punctuation. 11/29 Write a letter to Mrs. Schmitt telling her all about you. Look back at the example to make sure you have all the parts, the parts are in the right place, and you have all the capitals and punctuation. 12/13 Write a letter to a friend about your school year. Look back at the example to make sure you have all the parts, the parts are in the right place, and you have all the capitals and punctuation. 1/10 Write a letter to someone thanking them for something. Look back at the example to make sure you have all the parts, the parts are in the right place, and you have all the capitals and punctuation. 1/24 Write a letter to a friend about something exciting that has happened to you. Look back at the example to make sure you have all the parts, the parts are in the right place, and you have all the capitals and punctuation.
  2. 2. 2/7 Write a letter to someone (a family member) you love telling why they are special. Look back at the example to make sure you have all the parts, the parts are in the right place, and you have all the capitals and punctuation. Personal Narrative: Have an example of expository, story, and personal narrative with parts labeled so parents see how both expository and narrative are in the personal narrative. 2/22 Write a 5 sentence or more paragraph about your favorite food. Make sure to have a topic sentence, two to three reasons why you like the food, details, and a closing sentence. 3/7 Write a 5 sentence or more paragraph about your favorite vacation. Make sure to have a topic sentence, two to three activities you did on the vacation, details, and a closing sentence. 3/28 Write a 5 sentence or more paragraph about your three favorite activities. Make sure to have a topic sentence, three activities, details for each, and a closing sentence. 4/4 Write a story. Remember- A story has a beginning, middle, and end. The beginning describes the characters and setting. The middle has a problem. The end has the solution. 4/26 Use personal narrative practice #4 (Getting Along) to write a personal narrative. Remember a personal narrative is a combination of an expository paragraph and a story. The beginning has a topic sentence (use the practice starter), the middle is the story, and the end has a closing sentence (use the practice closing). 5/9 Use personal narrative practice #5 (A Great Surprise) to write a personal narrative. Remember a personal narrative is a combination of an expository paragraph and a story. The beginning has a topic sentence (use the practice starter), the middle is the story, and the end has a closing sentence (use the practice closing). 5/23 Use personal narrative practice #6 (Playing Tricks) to write a personal narrative. Remember a personal narrative is a combination of an expository paragraph and a story. The beginning has a topic sentence (use the practice starter), the middle is the story, and the end has a closing sentence (use the practice closing).
  3. 3. Sentences: Sentences have a noun and a verb. The noun tells who and the verb tells what the noun does. The sentence should start with a capital and have a period, question mark or exclamation mark at the end. Example: The bird flies. A sentence is more interesting when detail is added. Example: The big brown eagle flies high above the trees. Story: A story has a beginning, middle and an end. In the beginning, the author describes the characters and setting. Characters can be animals, made up creatures, people, or things. The setting can be anywhere- a park, space, the desert, an ocean, or a house. In the middle, there is a problem. Problems can be about friendship, being lost, something is missing/stolen, or feelings. In the end, the problem is solved. You get to decide how the characters solve the problem. Stories can be short or long.
  4. 4. Expository: An expository paragraph has at least a topic sentence, a main point, detail, and a closing. Most paragraphs have more than one main point. Two popular topic sentence models are: Number- I like skiing for three reasons. Action- On my vacation to Hawaii, I swam in the ocean, ate fish, and played on the beach. Your main points will be the three reasons or three actions mentioned above and should start with a transition (first, second, last). Example: First, I get to be outside all day. Example: First, I swam in the ocean. Your details need to talk all about the reasons or actions. Make them juicy! Example: I see tons of old, tall trees, beautiful birds, and lots of people. Example: I loved floating with the blue waves and feeling the cool breeze on my face. The closing sentence restates the opening topic sentence. Number- Skiing is definitely my favorite sport. Action- Truly, Hawaii is a trip I’ll never forget.
  5. 5. The following is an example of a 7-sentence paragraph composition: Pandas My favorite animal is the Giant Panda for two reasons. First of all, I like the panda because it looks so cute and cuddly. The panda's black and white body colors are simple, make it stand out, and look soft. Its sad looking face makes me want to hug it and make it happy. In addition, I am fond of the giant panda because it is endangered. We all should try to preserve the animals, like the panda, that are in danger of extinction. Clearly, the Giant Panda is the animal I like best.
  6. 6. Letter Writing: A letter has four main parts: heading, greeting, body, & closing. The heading is where the date is posted. When writing a friendly letter, the date goes in the top right corner and is written out, not abbreviated. Ex: November 30, 2010. The greeting is where we say who the letter is to. The greeting is written on the left side of the paper after the heading. The greeting must be capitalized, the name is capitalized and a comma is placed after the name. Ex: Dear Jennifer, The body is where we write what we want to say. The body starts on a new line under the greeting and is indented. When writing a letter part of the intent is to receive something back. There needs to be a question or two to prompt a response. See the sample letter for an example. The closing says goodbye and tells who the writer is. The closing needs to be written in the under the body and starts in about the middle of the page. The closing is capitalized and is followed by a comma. The signature is written directly under the closing and is capitalized also. Ex: Sincerely, Jennifer
  7. 7. Sample Letter January 15, 2003 Dear Monica, Thank you for taking care of my dog last weekend. Our family had a great trip to Grandmother’s house. I didn’t worry about Scruffy at all while we were away because I knew that she was in good hands. You are a good friend. Is there anything I can do for you? Please let me know if I can ever return the kind favor for you. Your friend, Angelica Letter Sample #2 June 21, 2010 Dear John, I am having a wonderful time visiting with my grandfather. We have done so many exciting things. My favorite so far is going fishing at Star Lake. I caught 3 fish! They weren’t big, but had beautiful rainbow colors down the side. Have you ever caught a fish? Mom will be bringing me home on Friday. I’ll miss grandpa. I’ll see you at our ball game on Saturday. Are you ready to play the Tigers? We can beat them! Your friend, Kevin
  8. 8. Personal Narrative: A personal narrative is a mixture of expository writing and story writing. A personal narrative has three parts: a topic sentence with a message/purpose, a story (beginning, middle, end), and a closing sentence describing something learned or your feelings. Please refer to the sample personal narrative attached in your notebook and the one below. The Sled Run One day it snowed like crazy! So school was cancelled. I had Amy over to play. We decided to go sledding. So we started to slide down the hill. We sledded for a long time. One time we decided to go down together. Amy sat in the front seat and I sat in the back. We started to go down the hill. Then CRASH! We ran into a bush! Amy went flying and I got my feet caught in the bush! Amy looked like a spider caught in its own spider web. I had a lot of fun that day, and I will never forget it! The Funny Dance I remember when my dog Murphy was really little. She was only two or three years old. It was on Christmas. My dad put on some Christmas music and Murphy put her paws up in the air and started swirling around in circles. Then she put her paws on my dad’s hands and they started dancing together. It was very funny, and my dad thought that Murphy was a good dancer!

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