STEAM-powered prompts for Writing Outside
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Layers of the Land: Prompts for Writing Outside
Talking Trees: Prompts for Writing Outside
Nature’s Toolbox: Prompts for Writing Outside Inspired by George Washington Carver
The Bird’s Nest on The Windowsill: Prompts for Writing Outside
Mapping Our Moves: Prompts for Writing Outside
Bug Orchestra: Prompts for Writing Outside
Our Many Trips Around The Sun: Inspired by Agate Fossil Beds
Built Environment Brainstorming: Prompts for Writing Outside
By Land Or By Sea ... Or Portal? Prompts for Writing Outside
Innovation Station: Prompts for Writing Outside
Summary:This resource is available to support place-based writing outside anytime of year and comes with related resources and age-level recommendations. Originally developed for Write Out (writeout.nwp.org).
“The sun, with all those planets revolving around it and dependent on it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as if it had nothing else in the universe to do.” -Galileo Galilei
This collection, originally curated for Write Out 2022, brings together a range of writing prompts, or “sparks,” to encourage writing outside and in public spaces in your community. With a focus on S.T.E.A.M. topics each resource includes a variety of links meant to support an exploration of these topics, while the “spark” itself is intended to engage interests and make connections.
From geology and tree masting to the stories that fossils and nature in built environments can tell, these prompts have been created by Rangers of the National Park Service, educators from sites of the National Writing Project, as well as partner educators, writers and artists. We invite you to experiment with the resources and remix them to support your local context and setting.
Image source: Cuyahoga Valley National Park