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RE: Writing Prompts
Sat Jun 20, 2015 19:14

Personally, I feel in some cases that writing prompts can be beneficial to the students. If a student is struggling with what to write, a writing prompt can give them an idea to get started. I still feel that free writing with no prompts is a better idea that can help spark the inner creativity of a student. As a teacher, I would definitely rarely use writing prompts to help students create their own writing ideas.

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