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

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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.

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Finish this story starter:
If all my wishes came true, I would . . .
Deadline: Sept. 21
Publication Date: Oct 5

Finish this story starter:
I wish I knew more about . . .
Deadline: September 28
Publication Date: Oct 12

Best Book
If you could recommend a book to another person your age, which book would you choose? Why? (Include complete title of book and author if you know it).
Deadline: Oct 5
Publication Date: Oct. 19

Strong or Fast
If you had to choose between being really strong or really fast, which would you choose? Why?
Deadline: Oct 12
Publication Date: Oct. 26

What do you like to do on Saturdays?
Deadline: Oct 19
Publication Date: Nov 2

Think of a time when fear has stood in the way of something you really wanted to do. Did fear keep you from doing it OR did you overcome your fear? Explain.
Deadline: Oct 26
Publication Date: Nov 9

Write about a chore or responsibility you have at home. What do you do and how often? Do you think all people your age should have chores?
Deadline: Nov 2
Publication Date: Nov 16

My Hardest Subject
What is your most difficult subject in school? Why is it difficult? What can you do to get better at that subject?
Deadline: Nov 9
Publication Date: Nov. 23

My favorite way to stay active
Being active keeps you healthy, strong and fit. What are your favorite ways to stay active?
Deadline: Nov. 16
Publication Date: Nov 30

2018 is coming to an end. What three things you are the most thankful for this year?
Deadline: Nov. 23
Publication Date: Dec 7

Finish this story starter:
I wish my friends . . .
Deadline: Nov. 30
Publication Date: Dec. 14

Fictional Class Visitor
If you could bring any fictional book character to introduce to your class, who would you bring? Why did you choose this character AND what three things would you tell the class about this character?
Deadline: Dec 7
Publication Date: Dec. 21

Best Day Ever
Looking back over the past year, what was your most memorable or best day? Why was it the best or most memorable?
Deadline: Dec. 14
Publication Date: Dec. 28

Deserted Island
You have to spend one month on a deserted island. You can take one person, one food item (water will already be provided) and one thing. What and whom would you take and why?
Deadline: Dec. 21
Publication Date: Jan 4

Finish this story starter:
I was the happiest when . . .
Deadline: Dec 28
Publication Date: Jan 11

My Favorite Season
Which of the four seasons is your favorite? Why?
Deadline: Dec. Jan 4
Publication Date: Jan 18

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. YYour first and last name (or last initial), grade and school must 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.