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.

My summer break
Tell us about the most fun activity did or vacation you had during the summer break.
Deadline: August 26
Publication Date: Sept. 9

New School Year
Tell us three new things you hope to learn this year and/or three things you would like to learn to do better.
Deadline: September 2
Publication Date: Sept. 16

Best Advice
What advice would you give to other students about how to have the best school year?
Deadline: September 9
Publication Date: September 23

What do you like to do on Saturdays?
Deadline: September 16
Publication Date: September 30

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: September 23
Publication Date: October 7

Finish this story starter:
If all my wishes came true, I would . . .
Deadline: September 30
Publication Date: October 14

House Chores
Should kids have to help with chores at home? Why or why not?
Deadline: October 7
Publication Date: October 14

My favorite way to stay active
Being active keeps you healthy, strong and fit. What are your favorite ways to stay active?
Deadline: October 14
Publication Date: October 28

Presidential Characteristics
What do you think are the most important character traits our president should possess?
Deadline: October 21
Publication Date: November 4

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 28
Publication Date: November 11

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 4
Publication Date: November 18

2016 is coming to an end. What three things you are the most thankful for this year?
Deadline: November 11
Publication Date: November 25

If you go any place in the world for a 1-week vacation, where would you like to go? Why?
Deadline: November 18
Publication Date: December 2

Finish this story starter:
I was the happiest when . . .
Deadline: November 25
Publication Date: December 13

Family Pet
If you could have ANY ANIMAL as a family pet, what would it be? Why?
Deadline: December 2
Publication Date: December 16

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 9
Publication Date: December 23

New Year Resolutions
What positive change(s) would you like to make in your life in 2017?
Deadline: December 16
Publication Date: December 30

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 and in what other ways will your life be different?
Deadline: December 23
Publication Date: Date: January 6

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.