One of my favorite books to spark writing interest is The Snow Globe Family. After reading the book, we make snow globe craft booklets. These are a great place to respond to the text or even work on vocabulary and comprehension.
January is also a time when we stop and honor the work of Martin Luther King, Jr. After reading about his life, I have my students write about what they learned. These pieces of writing pair really well with the directed drawings from Jennifer at First and Kinder Blue Skies.
When we aren’t working on a writing assignment, I like to have these 12 writing prompt cards on hand to keep my writers from getting stuck. One of their favorite cards is writing about a snowball fight with the principal.