Another successful set of writing prompts to use in the classroom focuses on the students themselves.
What better topic do we know in-depth information about than our own experiences?
Providing students with prompts that connect to their lives can help to eliminate that feeling of not having anything to write about and instead help students focus on the abundance of life experiences they face each day.
The following autobiographies and biographies provide rich examples of life stories for students and can serve as mentor texts as students take on the task of writing about their own lives:
Bill Peet: An Autobiography, by Bill Peet
Flora and Tiger: 19 very short stories from my life, by Eric Carle
When I Was Young in the Mountains, by Cynthia Rylant
A Picture Book of Helen Keller, by David Adler
My Name is Georgia: A Portrait by Jeanette Winter, by Jeanette Winter
Rocks in His Head, by Carol Hurst
Snowflake Bentley, by Jacqueline Briggs Martin
Cleopatra, by Peter Vennema and Diane Stanley