How I Use It
I have used Prompts in several ways. I have used it to keep kids motivated in the classroom. I have used it to help kiddos when they were convinced they had nothing to write. I have used it to support struggling writers find a topic and then stay on topic. I have used it to challenge students for test prep. I have also used it to get students to write quickly and submit a quick write as an exit slip when I needed a brief sample. There are so many ways to use the program, when school starts after break, I intend to have students use it to write "and then.." stories. The prompt will be up, students will write the first three lines, fold the paper back so that only one line is showing and then pass the writing to the next person in the rotation. It will be interesting to see what the class comes up with as the stories pass from person to person! Fun stuff! Haven't had it not work yet, will keep you posted!
I got Prompts as a freebie, but have found it to be super fun to play with. It truly is the whole point and really allows writers to up their game. When the prompt is introduced, often kids will look at each other and then to the teacher for guidance. This has some great little push button drop ins that add to the process of writing as the author is going through the planning process. Some are writing tips, some are tips about what to focus on and others are merely reminds for the kiddos to stay true to the prompt. While it is a basic program, it is still worthwhile and great for a sponge or for an impromptu, no pun intended, writing lesson.