Picture Book Writing Prompts for Elementary Kids

Picture books are not just for little kids. Big kids may be inspired by the language, stories, and characters in picture books. Check out these writing prompts for ideas on using picture books with older elementary-aged kids.Picture books are not just for the littlest kids, and reading picture books with older kids gives teachers ample opportunities to prompt writing.

Sometimes, we think that because the child can read at a higher level, then we should read and discuss more difficult literature with them. Not so. Picture books provide some great structure and because of their length, they lead themselves well to being read and used in a teacher-student setting, more so than a lengthy chapter book.

Here’s a series of 5 days of picture book writing prompt lesson ideas, beginning Monday, August 22, 2016.

  1. The Red Book by Barbara Lehman (story outlining and retelling)
  2. A Tale of Two Beasts by Fiona Roberton (compare and contrast)
  3. Two Bad Ants by Chris van Allsburg (word choice/metaphor)
  4. The Scrambled States of America by Laurie Keller (research/nonfiction)
  5. Hey, Little Ant by Phillip and Hannah Hoose (persuasive writing/research)

This is a part of the iHomeschool Network Hopscotch. Other homeschoolers will also be posting a 5-day series of posts. See what other posts are coming this week.

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