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

My Talent
What do you think is your best talent? (Talent isn’t limited to dancing, singing or sports – think about other things you do best.)
Deadline: Jan. 11
Publication Date: Jan. 25

I’ve always wondered
Write about something that you’ve never understood, but have always wondered about.
Deadline: Jan. 18
Publication Date: Feb 1

Valentine’s Day
Write a Valentine’s Day message to someone you love or like a lot.
Deadline: Jan. 25
Publication Date: Feb. 8

Advice to the President
President’s Day is Feb. 18. What advice would you give to President Trump as he enters his third year in office?
Deadline: Feb 1
Publication Date: Feb 15

Describe a situation in which you stood up for yourself or someone else.
Deadline: Feb. 8
Publication Date: Feb. 22

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. 15
Publication Date: March 1

If you could have any one superpower, what would you choose and why?
Deadline: Feb. 22
Publication Date: March 8

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 1
Publication Date: March 15

No TV!
What would happen if there were no television? Why would this be good or bad? Why?
Deadline: March 8
Publication Date: March 22

My Life
If you could change one thing about your life, what would you change? If you like your life just the way it is, what do you like the best?
Deadline: March 15
Publication Date: March 29

Being My Age
What do you think is the BEST and WORST thing about being your age?
Deadline: March 22
Publication Date: April 5

Family Lessons
Write about two or three things people in your family have taught you.
Deadline: March 29
Publication Date: April 12

Free Writing
Write about anything on your mind or that you want to share (and don’t mind having published in the newspaper).
Deadline: April 5
Publication Date: April 19

My Grandparents
Why are your grandparents an important part of your life? If you do not have grandparents, write about a person who is like a grandparent.
Deadline: April 12
Publication Date: April 26

My Hobby
What is your hobby? Why do you enjoy it?
Deadline: April 19
Publication Date: May 3

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 26
Publication Date: May 10

Money and Happiness
The saying goes, “Money cannot buy happiness.” Do you agree or disagree? Why?
Deadline: May 3
Publication Date: May 17

Learning from Failure
Write about a time you failed at something. How did it make you feel? What did you learn from the experience?
Deadline: May 10
Publication Date: May 24

Most Memorable Day of School
Thinking back on this school year, what was the most memorable day? Why?
Deadline: May 17
Publication Date: May 31

Most Important Lesson
What is the most important lesson you learned in school this year? How do you think this lesson will help you in the future?
Deadline: May 24
Publication Date: June 7

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 31
Publication Date: June 14

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.