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 my classmate
Interview one of your new classmates and write at least three interesting details / facts that you learned about your classmate.
Deadline: August 29
Publication Date: September 12

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 5
Publication Date: Sept. 19

The Best Thing About My Class This Year
What is the best thing about your class this year?
Deadline: September 12
Publication Date: September 26

I am responsible
As the school year starts, it’s important to show responsibility at home and at school. How do you show responsibility?
Deadline: September 19
Publication Date: October 3

Class visitor
If you could bring any person from the past or present to introduce to your class, who would you bring? What three things would you tell the class about this person?
Deadline: September 26
Publication Date: October 10

New Cafeteria Food
If you could add one new menu item to the cafeteria food options, what would it be? Why?
Deadline: October 3
Publication Date: October 17

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 10
Publication Date: October 24

Finish this story starter:
I was the most scared the time…
Deadline: October 17
Publication Date: October 31

Family Pet
If you could have ANY ANIMAL as a family pet, what would it be? Why?
Deadline: October 24
Publication Date: November 7

Good News
What good news do you have to share? This could be something in your own life, within your family, at school or something positive you’ve read about in the news.
Deadline: October 31
Publication Date: November 14

Best Book or Series
Tell us about the best book (or series) you’ve ever read. Include the title, the author and at least three reasons why you like this book (or series) the best.
Deadline: November 7
Publication Date: November 21

Thank-You Message
Write a thank you letter to someone and tell why you appreciate this person.
Deadline: November 14
Publication Date: November 28

If you go any place in the world for a 1-week vacation, where would you like to go? Why?
Deadline: November 21
Publication Date: December 5

Finish this story starter:
I was the happiest when . . .
Deadline: November 28
Publication Date: December 12

Holiday Memory
What is your best holiday memory? (Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or any other holiday if you do not celebrate these)
Deadline: December 5
Publication Date: December 19

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 12
Publication Date: December 26

New Year Resolutions
What positive change(s) would you like to make in your life in 2015?
Deadline: December 19
Publication Date: January 2

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 26
Publication Date: January 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.

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

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