The Times-News Newspaper in Education program provides print and electronic replica editions (e-editions) of the newspaper at a reduced rate for use in Alamance County (N.C.) area classrooms. Teachers from elementary to high school use the newspaper as a tool for increasing test scores, improving reading comprehension skills, and helping students experience history as it happens.

STEM – Special Feature

Link to STEM Section

Write On! Writing Prompts
The Times-News invites young people in grades K-8 to submit stories for publication in the newspaper. Write On! is a full page of stories by students published every Friday. The following list of upcoming writing prompts will help you plan to participate. Due to space limitations, not all entries received can be printed.

Meet me
What would you like your teacher to know about you?
Deadline: August 28
Publication Date: Sept. 11

Best Summer Memory
Looking back on your summer break, what is the best memory you have or what did you do that you enjoyed the most?
Deadline: September 4
Publication Date: Sept. 18

New School Year
Tell us three new things you want to learn this year or three things you would like to learn to do better in school.
Deadline: September 11
Publication Date: September 25

The Best Thing About My Class \/ School
What are the three best things about your class or school this year?
Deadline: September 18
Publication Date: October 2

The Book Character I Want to Meet
Which character from a book would you most like to meet? Why?
Deadline: September 25
Publication Date: October 9

What Gives Me Comfort
What is the one person, place or thing that gives you the most comfort? Why?
Deadline: October 2
Publication Date: October 16

My favorite way to stay active
Being active keeps you healthy, strong and fit. What are your favorite ways to stay active and “off the couch?” (It could be things like riding your bike, a sport you play, or other recreational activity.)
Deadline: October 9
Publication Date: October 23

Finish this story starter:
I was the most scared the time…
Deadline: October 16
Publication Date: October 30

Class Pet
If your class could have ANY ANIMAL as a class pet, what would it be? Why?
Deadline: October 23
Publication Date: November 6

Best Book
What is the best book you have ever read? Why did you like it?
Deadline: October 30
Publication Date: November 20

Only One “Me”
What is something special and/or different about you? Why do you think it is special or different?
Deadline: November 6
Publication Date: November 20

Thank-You Message
Write a thank you letter to someone and tell why you appreciate this person.
Deadline: November 13
Publication Date: November 27

What I can’t live without
Is there any one thing you feel you could not live without? Explain.
Deadline: November 20
Publication Date: December 4

Finish this story starter:
I was the happiest when . . .
Deadline: November 27
Publication Date: December 11

What I like to do on weekends
What is your favorite thing to do on the weekends?
Deadline: December 4
Publication Date: December 18

Season of giving
It is the season of giving to others. If you could give any gift to one person, what would you give and to whom?
Deadline: December 11
Publication Date: December 25

New Year Resolutions
What positive change(s) would you like to make in your life in 2015?
Deadline: December 18
Publication Date: January 1

In 10 years . . .
What do you think your life will be like 10 years from now? How old will you be? What do you think you will be doing: working, in school, etc.?
Deadline: December 25
Publication Date: January 8

Write On Guidelines:
1. Keep the length of your story to 100 words or less. Please double space if typed or skip a line if handwritten. 2. Use correct grammar, punctuation, spelling and capitalization. 3. Follow directions for the writing topic. Creativity is welcome--but please address the topic. 4. Make sure your entry is legible. 5. Your first and last name (or last initial), school and grade should be included with your entry. 6. Your entry must meet the deadline to be considered for publication. ** Teachers - submit only the best four or five entries from your class, not an entire class set.
Submit Entries to:
Type your entry in the body of the e-mail. Do not send an attached file.
Please use “Write On” as the subject.

Times-News, NIE Dept.
PO Box 481, Burlington, NC 27216

(336)229-2462, Attn. NIE Dept.
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