Creative Writing Prompts for Science

By Kathy Reeves
11 January, 2017

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Creative writing in science can provide an opportunity for students to explore a concept in a fun and imaginative way. Research tells us that writing supports long-term recall. When we allow students to be creative and encourage them to tell a story, they become more enthusiastic about the activity.

At Scientific Minds we include writing prompts in each of our Science Starter and Science Sidekick lesson modules. Here are 11 writing prompts you can use in the science classroom.

  • Write a letter to the principal proposing a very dangerous field trip by convincing him or her that it is important to your science education.

  • Write a conversation between a tornado and a hurricane in which each tries to persuade the other that it is more dangerous.

  • Write a letter of advice to a student who will be taking this science class next year.

  • Write a letter to a classmate explaining why you think they should become a scientist.

  • Write a real estate advertisement to sell property in your intestines to bacteria, or sell space between your toes to fungi.

  • Write a travel blog for a water molecule.

  • Write the script for an interview with a sound wave.

  • Write a recipe for plants to follow to make sugar (glucose).

  • Write an instruction manual telling the Earth how to make fossil fuels.

  • Write a postcard from a seed that has hitched a ride on the fur of an animal.

  • Pretend you are the Sun and you are running for Energy President of the Earth. Write a campaign speech convincing everyone to vote for you.

What are some of your favorite creative writing prompts?

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Comments

Hi Katie, I am working on a project which uses creative writing in science, but cannot find a research base for this practice. Are you aware of any research that has been done with respect to learning science and creative writing? Thanks so much.

Eve Zehavi

05 November, 2018 02:09 PM

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Hi Eve, While there is plenty of research on writing to learn, I don't know of anything specific to creative writing and science. Please share when you find it!

Kathy

06 November, 2018 08:01 AM


I wrote a book on this topic you may enjoy for the NSTA, called "Creative Writing in Science: Activities that Inspire." https://www.amazon.com/Creative-Writing-Science-Activities-Inspires/dp/1941316352/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1516299205&sr=8-3&keywords=creative+writing+in+science

Katie Coppens

18 January, 2018 12:14 PM

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Thanks Katie! What a valuable resource for teachers!

Kathy

18 January, 2018 12:36 PM


         
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