The Exquisite Prompt: Classroom Writing Resources

The Exquisite Prompt is a set of writing challenges designed as a classroom activity for kids in grades K-12. Our writing prompts are inspired by the celebrated authors and illustrators who participated in the Exquisite Corpse Adventure (what's that?), a progressive story game sponsored by the Library of Congress and the National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance (NCBLA) that launched in 2009.

You can learn lots more about the Exquisite Corpse Adventure at the NCBLA's Educational Resource Center. You'll find interesting articles about the exquisite corpse art form as well as links to each episode, activities, discussion questions, and much more.
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And you can follow the rollicking serial story as it unfolds on the Library of Congress website. Look for a new episode every two weeks.

Writing prompts

For each author and illustrator, you'll find a set of four grade-leveled writing prompts and a goldmine of resources that support each prompt and writing genre — for example, information about map making, diaries, expository writing, idioms, poetry forms, cliffhangers, tall tales, pourquoi stories, biography, or letter writing. You'll also have a chance to learn more about the authors and illustrators, with links to biographies, booklists, and video interviews.

M.T. Anderson (Me All Alone at the End of the World)

Natalie Babbitt (Tuck Everlasting)

Calef Brown (Polkabats and Octopus Slacks)

Susan Cooper (The Dark Is Rising)

Kate DiCamillo (The Tale of Despereaux)

Timothy Basil Ering (illustrator of The Tale of Despereaux)

Nikki Grimes (Danitra Brown, Class Clown)

Shannon Hale (Princess Academy)

Steven Kellogg (Pecos Bill)

Gregory Maguire (Wicked)

Megan McDonald (Judy Moody)

Patricia and Fredrick McKissack (Goin' Someplace Special)

Linda Sue Park (Bee-Bim Bop!)

Katherine Paterson (Lyddie)

James Ransome (This Is the Dream)

Jon Scieszka (Knucklehead)

Lemony Snicket (A Series of Unfortunate Events)

Chris Van Dusen (If I Built a Car)

About the Exquisite Corpse

Exquisite Corpse Adventure

What's an "Exquisite Corpse?"
It's a kind of writing game, where one person begins a story, then passes it down through a chain of writers to continue the narrative.
Writer M.T. Anderson explains it all here video

What's "The Exquisite Corpse Adventure?"
It's a year-long serial adventure story that offers young readers an opportunity to get to know the hilarious side of a crew of award-winning, talented, and versatile authors and illustrators — sponsored by the Library of Congress and the National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance.
Let M.T. Anderson fill you in more video

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