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.

What I like to do on weekends
What is your favorite thing to do on the weekends?
Deadline: December 4
Publication Date: December 18

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 11
Publication Date: December 25

New Year Resolutions
What positive change(s) would you like to make in your life in 2015?
Deadline: December 18
Publication Date: January 1

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 25
Publication Date: January 8

Describe a situation when you showed kindness to someone. What did you do to show kindness? How did it make you feel?
Deadline: Jan. 1
Publication Date: January 15

Favorite Healthy Foods
What are your top three favorite healthy foods to eat?
Deadline: Jan. 8
Publication Date: Jan. 22

Greatest Accomplishment
What accomplishment have you achieved recently that you are most proud of and why?
Deadline: Jan. 15
Publication Date: Jan. 29

My Greatest Fear
What are you most scared of and why?
Deadline: Jan. 22
Publication Date: Feb. 5

Valentine’s Day
Write a Valentine’s Day message to someone you love or like a lot.
Deadline: Jan. 29
Publication Date: Feb. 12

Most Courageous
Describe a situation in which you showed a lot of courage.
Deadline: Feb. 5
Publication Date: Feb. 19

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. 12
Publication Date: Feb. 26

How to be a Good Friend
What characteristics does it take to be a good friend?
Deadline: Feb. 19
Publication Date: March 4

Field Trip
If you could plan a field trip for your class, where would you like to go? Why?
Deadline: Feb. 26
Publication Date: March 11

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 4
Publication Date: March 18

My School Really Needs . . .
What is something you school needs? Why?
Deadline: March 11
Publication Date: March 25

It’s My Business!
If you could start your own business, what kind of business would it be? Why?
Deadline: March 18
Publication Date: April 1

Write about a time when you showed perseverance.
Deadline: March 25
Publication Date: April 8

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 1
Publication Date: April 15

My Hobby
What is your hobby? Why do you enjoy it?
Deadline: April 8
Publication Date: April 22

Teacher Thank You Note
Write a thank you note to a current or former teacher you appreciate.
Deadline: April 15
Publication Date: April 29

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 22
Publication Date: May 6

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 29
Publication Date: May 13

Most Memorable Day of School
Thinking back on this school year, what was the most memorable day? Why?
Deadline: May 6
Publication Date: May 20

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 13
Publication Date: May 27

My Summer Plans
What are you looking most forward to doing during your summer break?
Deadline: May 20
Publication Date: June 3

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 27
Publication Date: June 10

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.
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