Get in the Game and Write! 5 Sports-Related Writing Prompts...

9:16 AM Posted by Lori Calabrese

Sports provide exercise and fun, and also teach life lessons such as teamwork, strategy, sportmanship, and perseverance. Many different kinds of sports appeal to many different personalities. But whichever sports your young athletes play, hopefully, they'll develop skills that will benefit them in other areas of their lives--such as in the classroom.

Unfortunately, writing is considered a chore to many students. So why not associate writing with something they consider fun such as sports? Here are some sports-related writing prompts you can use to get your young writers started. Have them pick a prompt and take ten or fifteen minutes to let them write without stopping. When the time's up, you might be surprised at the results! Want to make it even more fun? Try blowing a whistle to start the 'game' and reward them with sports stickers.

1. Have you ever dreamed about being a sports star? What sport would you play and what do you think it would be like to be one of the greatest athletes in the world?

2. What is your favorite sports team and why? (students can include details about the sport their favorite team plays, the athletes, and what the uniforms look like)

3. If you could be any athlete, who would you be and why? How do you think you would do if you filled their shoes for a week?

4. Create your own sport. (students can include the name of the sport, what the object of the game is, how many people play, etc...)

5. Imagine you're in another country and you're teaching the people how to play a sport. (students can explain the object of the game, explain the number of players, and how points are scored.)
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  1. Donna M. McDine said...


    Fantastic writing tips for the reluctant student writer. Very helpful. Keep up the great work.

    Best wishes,