B. Gasior, J. Galbreath - Gifted Resource Specialists

What Gifted Writers Need Most is Permission

"They have minds full of imaginative ideas. I open up the door and allow them to let go, to try on new words and forms, to experiment with technology, and to be inventive."


Argumentative Writing Prompts

Here is a list of Persuasive Writing Topics for elementary students. Each prompt would be a great enrichment challenge coupled with either an Argumentative Writing Graphic Organizer or the online Persuasion Map Tool designed by ReadWriteThink. This

OREO Graphic Organizer is useful for younger students. Help students use Persuasive Words and Phrases with this handout.


Your students are sure to enjoy this intro video by the Electric Company called Commas and Quotes. Use this "Said is Dead" Word List to spruce up your students' dialogue tags. Help students understand Character Clash with this handout. Want your students to practice writing dialogue? Let your students write dialogue to match these Dialogue Picture Prompts. This list of dialogue tags might be helpful to teach alternatives to "said."

Short Writing Challenges

Your Life On Earth

Students will love exploring how their lives have changed over time at Your Life On Earth website from BBC. Each student can simply enter his/her birthday and receive amazing details and data. They will learn how they have changed, how the world has changed, and how people have changed the world since they were born. Students can prepare opinion essays or paragraphs to share the most thought provoking changes during their lifetimes. Check out this graphic organizer.

Journaling About Martin Luther King

Having students journal about this important topic is a great way to get them thinking critically about the subjects of nonviolent social change, civil rights, racism, poverty, beloved community, freedom, justice, and equality. Here are 61 PROMPTS ABOUT DR. KING, JR.

One Word/ Sixty Second Writing Challenge

The GO website will build your students' writing fluency and flexibility. They will see one word at the top of the screen and will have sixty seconds to write about it. Click the "GO" button and a page will load with the cursor in place. Don’t think. Just write!

Six Word Memoirs

The website Six Word Memoirs has information about the project and how it was started. Larry Smith, of Smith Magazine is a Columbus local and speaks about the project at various venues around the city. This Six Word Memoir Teacher Guide has some great ideas to challenge writers to ignite their creativity and think critically. The guide has lots of ideas on how to integrate the Six Word Memoir project into your classroom - for all ages.

Show Don't Tell Writing

Here is a video introducing the "Show Don't Tell" Writing Tip. It explains to students how to make their writing interesting, inviting and "come alive". Students can also watch these authors explain how they use this tip.

The Case Against “Good” and “Bad”

Don’t take the easy route! Think about your word choice as you watch helpful word choice video. Instead, students can use this little trick to improve their writing --they can let go of the words “good” and “bad,” and push themselves to illustrate and illuminate their world with language. In this TED ED lesson, The Case Against “Good” and “Bad", students are encouraged to use livelier, more specific words, figurative language, and words with more depth of meaning. These printable word lists will help students find new ways to say good, bad, went, and great.

Remix the Story Elements

Let's your student's think about an old story in a new way by using this Story Remix Menu.

ReadWriteThink has a Fractured Fairy Tale Online Tool to guide students in writing their own tale.

Idea Generators

Each one of the following writing activities has a student response/story writing sheet that can be printed and used as an extension, writing center, homework, etc...

The Writing Fix

GREAT FOR YOUNG WRITERS. Have students play the Interactive Word Games to spur writing and generate writing prompts. You can print and use this Writing Fix Exit Ticket/Story Page for students to complete their writing.

The Story Kitchen

What's cooking? Students can use this site to choose one hero, one setting and one villain to generate a story. The website will provide a story starter and students can finish the story in their own creative way.

Grades 3-5 read on their own/Grades 1-3 read to students

Print this page for students to write their story endings - Story Kitchen


"What-if" Question Stories

Use the Question Genie to generate "what if" questions to spur creative writing.

Students can print this writing center response sheet - "What if Question" Stories and use it to visit the website and write their stories.


Mugshot Characters

Students can choose a character, print a character question page to create characteristics and then create a story. Print this page for students to use with this site. Good for grades 1-4.

Mugshot Story


Weird Headline Creator

Students can generate a weird news headline to inspire creative writing. They can print this page, Weird Headline Story to write about the headline they choose.


Community Enrichment Opportunities

Thurber Writing Programs

Click here for Thurber Programs for Schools. Thurber House will bring their passion for creative writing to your classroom! They have teachers with activities that will encourage, inspire and teach your students different writing skills. Visit the Thurber website for programs or contact Meg Brown at 614-464-1032 ext. 16 or megbrown@thurberhouse.org.

Why do many gifted children not like to write?

Here are a few things to consider...

  • No currently used Gifted Identification Area isolates the ability of writing. Gifted students need specific, structured writing lessons.
  • Many gifted students want to find the right answer so creative writing prompts can cause fear. These students will prefer factual writing.
  • Perfectionism can stop a gifted student from even beginning a writing assignment.