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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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: Jan 5
Publication Date: Jan 19

Snowed in!
If school were canceled because of snow, how would you spend your day?
Deadline: Jan. 12
Publication Date: Jan. 26

Most Courageous
Describe a situation in which you showed courage.
Deadline: Jan. 19
Publication Date: Feb. 2

Valentine’s Day
Write a Valentine’s Day message to someone you love or like a lot.
Deadline: Jan. 26
Publication Date: Feb. 9

Advice to the President
President’s Day is Feb. 19. What advice would you give to President Trump after his first year in office?
Deadline: Feb. 2
Publication Date: Feb. 16

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. 9
Publication Date: Feb. 23

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. 16
Publication Date: March 2

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: Feb. 23
Publication Date: March 9

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 8
Publication Date: March 22

Good Judgment
Describe a situation in which you used good judgment.
Deadline: March 9
Publication Date: March 23

What really makes me angry is . . .
Deadline: March 16
Publication Date: March 30

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: March 23
Publication Date: April 6

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: March 30
Publication Date: April 13

Finish this story starter:
I hope . . .
Deadline: April 6
Publication Date: April 20

Write about a time when you showed perseverance.
Deadline: April 13
Publication Date: April 27

Teacher Thank You Note
Write a thank you note to a teacher you appreciate this year.
Deadline: April 20
Publication Date: May 4

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 27
Publication Date: May 11

Most Memorable Day of School
Thinking back on this school year, what was the most memorable day? Why?
Deadline: May 4
Publication Date: May 18

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 11
Publication Date: May 25

My Summer Plans
What are you looking most forward to doing during your summer break?
Deadline: May 18
Publication Date: June 1

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 25
Publication Date: June 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.