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Thanksgiving Writing
Thanksgiving Writing
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Thanksgiving Writing
Children embrace the spirit of the season with this Thanksgiving writing prompt.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Spring Writing Assessment: Opinion Writing
Spring Writing Assessment: Opinion Writing
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Spring Writing Assessment: Opinion Writing
Use this helpful writing prompt to assess your students’ ability to share their opinions through writing.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
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Writing Roundup
Writing Roundup
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Writing Roundup
This worksheet bundle rounds up some writing prompts for your child to explore different writing styles.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Witch Writing
Witch Writing
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Witch Writing
This spooky writing activity will introduce your kid to list-writing: a great way to practice sentences and sequential events.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Writing Workshop: Everyday Writing
Writing Workshop: Everyday Writing
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Writing Workshop: Everyday Writing
Let your young writer relax by practicing writing notes to friends, journal entries, and even a grocery list!
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Paragraph Writing Worksheet
Paragraph Writing Worksheet
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Paragraph Writing Worksheet
This paragraph writing worksheet gets your child back to the basics of writing. In this paragraph writing worksheet, kids will write using a graphic organizer.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Magical Writing
Magical Writing
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Magical Writing
Ready to add some magic to the standard creative writing process?
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Writing Inequalities
Writing Inequalities
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Writing Inequalities
Practice writing real-world inequalities with variables on this math worksheet!
6th grade
Math
Worksheet
Persuasive Writing Assessment
Persuasive Writing Assessment
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Persuasive Writing Assessment
This language arts assessment will illustrate your students’ writing abilities within the persuasive writing genre.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Argument Writing: Pre-Writing Organizer
Argument Writing: Pre-Writing Organizer
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Argument Writing: Pre-Writing Organizer
This pre-writing exercise introduces five parts of a strong argument, including counter-arguments.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Kindergarten Writing Skills
Kindergarten Writing Skills
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Kindergarten Writing Skills
Focused on writing skills, this workbook will have kindergarteners writing letters, then words, then composing short sentences.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
Workbook
Dinosaur Writing Prompt
Dinosaur Writing Prompt
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Dinosaur Writing Prompt
Make writing fun with this dinosaur writing prompt, perfect for kids who are fascinated by the prehistoric world.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Narrative Writing
Narrative Writing
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Narrative Writing
Prepare for a world of writing with this packet of exercises, tools and tips. Students learn a few ways to spice up writing, like sensory words, action verbs, supporting details, and point of view.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Writing Journal
Writing Journal
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Writing Journal
Help kids express themselves through writing with this blank journal page.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Practice Writing a Conclusion
Practice Writing a Conclusion
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Practice Writing a Conclusion
Learners practice writing endings with impact in this nonfiction conclusion writing worksheet.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Werewolf Story Writing
Werewolf Story Writing
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Werewolf Story Writing
Polish your werewolf story writing this All Hallows Eve. Do some werewolf story writing in this Halloween worksheet.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Persuasive Writing Prompt
Persuasive Writing Prompt
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Persuasive Writing Prompt
This fun, fantastical writing prompt is a great way to practice persuasive writing, an important part of upper-elementary composition.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Scary Writing
Scary Writing
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Scary Writing
Uh oh! Either way you're in trouble with this scary and thrilling creative writing prompt.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Volcano Writing Scene
Volcano Writing Scene
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Volcano Writing Scene
This volcano writing worksheet is a great brainstorm starter and provides a different approach to composition, perfect for research-based writing.
4th grade
Science
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Summer Writing Ideas
Summer Writing Ideas
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Summer Writing Ideas
Spark your student's imagination with this fun and creative writing prompt which focuses on summer, and get more summer writing ideas.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Writing Sentences: School
Writing Sentences: School
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Writing Sentences: School
What is your favorite subject in school? Practice writing sentences by answering this question and more about school in this creative writing worksheet.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Personal Narrative Writing
Personal Narrative Writing
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Personal Narrative Writing
Personal narrative writing is all about you! Get kids thinking and writing about their personal experiences and how they felt about them.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Writing Page
Writing Page
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Writing Page
Here's a cute storytelling page for your little writer to use with writing prompts and other assignments.
4th grade
Worksheet
Writing Instructions
Writing Instructions
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Writing Instructions
Help your child learn to write clearly and concisely by writing her own set of "how to" instructions.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Narrative Writing Prompt
Narrative Writing Prompt
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Narrative Writing Prompt
Kids practice narrative writing with this personal prompt.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Whether your students want to communicate to pen pals their age or adults, these resources will build their confidence and ability to write. When they get the hang of it, they can hone their grammar skills with our grammar resources.
While personal writing offers a bit of freedom for students to express themselves, functional writing is a much more formal process. The pieces students will be expected to write will be expected to serve a purpose.

There are different types of pieces that fall into the category of functional writing. Some of them are:
  • Letters
  • Reports
  • Reviews
  • Instructions
  • Competition entries
  • Proposals
When teaching your students functional writing, there are six requirements you should make them aware of:
  1. Use appropriate language. Casual phrases or slang terms are not acceptable in functional writing.
  2. Know your audience. Understand who you expect to read it and write with them mind.
  3. Know your purpose. Why are they writing this piece? What are they hoping to convey to the audience. Keeping this in mind will keep them focused and prevent drifting.
  4. Know the standards. Make sure the piece that you are writing conforms to accepted standards for that type of writing.
  5. Adhere to the appropriate punctuation and grammatical rules. A functional piece must convey professionalism. Errors will quickly erode the confidence the reader has in the piece.
  6. Stay relevant. The audience is reading this piece because you are trying to convey something to them. Staying on topic will help keep them invested in what you are trying to tell them.
Functional writing could be a step outside comfort zones of students who have recently become accustomed to the freedom personal writing allows them. Becoming comfortable using some of the resources provided above by Education.com may help them be able to write functionally in the future.