I believe that writing should be fun. It’s not merely a functional activity we have to get through in life. I believe that persuasive, informational, and functional writing should be as fun as writing a story. I believe that all writing is inherently creative and that you can easily embed design challenges into writing (which I included in my latest illustrated writing idea).
This is why I love creating video writing ideas. I used to hand students paragraph-long writing prompts and it felt overwhelming. However, when I first created an illustrated a writing prompt, students were instantly engaged. It was not only more fun. It was also a chance to see and hear the writing idea in a new way.
For this reason, I’m posting all my video writing prompts from the most recent to the oldest. My goal has been to create at least one per month and already I’m above that pace. I watched the videos yesterday and noticed a cool progression in the quality of my doodles and in the level of animation in each video.
You can find them all in this YouTube playlist. They are totally free to use in your classroom. If you find them helpful, the greatest way to pay me back is to try them out with your students and to like the videos, leave a comment, and subscribe this new video prompts channel on YouTube.