Box 2 (3rd-4th Class) in the Writing Prompts series provides supplementary materials to support the classroom writing programme. The high-interest cards in the box encourage pupils to express their creativity while learning how to write using a variety of styles.
Box 2 contains 200 writing prompts, divided into 3 categories:
The cards can be used for independent work, whole-class discussions, small group work and most cards contain questions that will generate classroom discussions. The Writing Prompt cards challenge pupils to work on specific genres and are ideal tasks in a writing station. Each card contains an interesting topic coupled with questions and suggestions to guide the pupils as they write. Pupils may be assigned specific cards to work on independently or they may choose topics that interest them.
Writing prompts are a new product from Prim-Ed. They come in three different levels or boxes as far as I can see-box 1,2 and 3. Each box is further subdivide into three sections, persuasive, informative and imaginative prompts for writing in the primary classroom. Box 1 is suitable for a good 1st or 2nd Class, Box 2 for 3rd and 4th with Box 3 for the 5th and 6th class level though it all depends on the children and their ability. First off, the product is extremely cute and dinky! If I were giving marks alone for presentation and the cuteness, they would score top marks! Instead, I will focus on classroom and curriculum relevance! We have 200 cards in each box with some of the suggested writing genres in the english curriculum being covered-exposition, procedure, recount, report, narrative, poetry. A short guiding prompt is given so the child has a starting point when they are stuck for what to write about. The box does say that the children would have to be comfortable with working with a particular genre before work on these cards. These cards do not, therefore, teach the writing genres but are more so a helping hand for the class that has covered their learning in the writing area and are ready to work more independently, either pair or group or whatever type of learning situation the teacher sets up. However, this does not negate their brilliance or usefulness in a busy classroom. These prompts are hitting exactly on what the teacher and child needs once the pre-learning has occurred. The child who finishes early or the child who struggles with ideas(or indeed the teacher) of where to go with their writing will get great use from these cards. A teacher could use them for homework activities, writing stations or general practice. They are a starting point and each child will come up with something unique. They are the biggest strengths. These cards, I imagine, would tie in nicely with the other writing resource books that Prim-Ed have published previously but I’m sure teachers have these covered already. I would definitely recommend these cards for the teacher who loves writing in the classroom and wants to teach it properly.Anseo.net