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.

New Year Resolutions
What positive change(s) would you like to make in your life in 2017?
Deadline: December 16
Publication Date: December 30

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 and in what other ways will your life be different?
Deadline: December 23
Publication Date: Date: January 6

Describe a situation when you showed kindness to someone. What did you do to show kindness? How did it make you feel?
Deadline: Dec 30
Publication Date: January 13

If I were president
If you were president, what three things would you try to do in your first year in office?
Deadline: Jan. 6
Publication Date: Jan. 20

Greatest Accomplishment
What accomplishment have you achieved recently that you are most proud of and why?
Deadline: Jan. 13
Publication Date: Jan. 27

My Greatest Fear
What are you most scared of and why?
Deadline: Jan. 20
Publication Date: Feb. 3

Valentine’s Day
Write a Valentine’s Day message to someone you love or like a lot.
Deadline: Jan. 27
Publication Date: Feb. 10

Most Courageous
Describe a situation in which you showed a lot of courage.
Deadline: Feb. 3
Publication Date: Feb. 17

Write a sentence where all or most of the words start with the first letter of your first name. Use you name in the sentence.
Example: William writes words wonderfully.
Deadline: Feb. 10
Publication Date: Feb. 24

How to be a Good Friend
What characteristics does it take to be a good friend?
Deadline: Feb. 17
Publication Date: March 3

Field Trip
If you could plan a field trip for your class any place in the world, where would you like to go? Why?
Deadline: Feb. 24
Publication Date: March 10

Simile Writing
Describe yourself in three sentences. Each sentence must contain a simile.
Example: I run as fast as a cheetah. I am as tall as a tree. I am as sweet as apple pie.
Deadline: March 3
Publication Date: March 17

My School Really Needs . . .
What is something you school needs? Why?
Deadline: March 10
Publication Date: March 24

It’s My Business!
If you could start your own business, what kind of business would it be? Why?
Deadline: March 17
Publication Date: March 31

Three wishes
If you could have three wishes come true, what would they be and why?
Deadline: March 24
Publication Date: April 7

Junk Food in Schools
Should junk food and soda be banned from school? Why or why not?
Deadline: March 31
Publication Date: April 14

My Hobby
What is your hobby? Why do you enjoy it?
Deadline: April 7
Publication Date: April 21

Teacher Thank You Note
Write a thank you note to a current or former teacher you appreciate.
Deadline: April 14
Publication Date: April 28

Marvelous Moms
Write a Mother’s Day message to your mom or another important woman in your life (grandmother, aunt, coach, teacher, etc.)
Deadline: April 21
Publication Date: May 5

Most Useful Thing I Have Learned in School This Year
Of all the subjects you have learned about in school this year, which one do you think will be most useful to you in the future? Why?
Deadline: April 28
Publication Date: May 12

Most Memorable Day of School
Thinking back on this school year, what was the most memorable day? Why?
Deadline: May 5
Publication Date: May 19

First Day or Last Day of School?
Which day do you like better – the first day of school, or the last day of school? Why?
Deadline: May 12
Publication Date: May 26

My Summer Plans
What are you looking most forward to doing during your summer break?
Deadline: May 19
Publication Date: June 2

Fabulous Fathers
Write a Father’s Day message to your dad or another important man in your life (grandfather, uncle, coach, teacher, etc.).
Deadline: May 26
Publication Date: June 9

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.

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