For years, decades for some ; ), we have given students writing prompts. We have tried many ways to make it fun and inviting; pictures, lists, charts, spinners, and so on. What else could we do? My ah-ha moment came as I was reading a blog post, you read those right? The blogger was admitting an addiction to watching online videos and found one that he felt was worthy of sharing (here if your curious). He posed the idea that this video could be used in many educational ways but one made me say, "duh, why didn't I think of that?" He mentioned the idea that this video would make a good writing prompt. Wait a minute, a video as a writing prompt? Blows your mind, right?
There are literally millions of short videos available on the internet, why not use one to engage your students and get their minds working. There are many video services available besides YouTube.com and I have listed just a few below. If you have others to share, please leave a comment with a link for all.
PS - If you still like good ol' fashioned writing prompts, have your kids pick a number from 1-346 and go here.