Hello and Welcome. Here you will find 9th-grade writing worksheets pdfs, plus writing prompt and journal page pdfs.
There are tons of great activities and tools you can use to make sure your ninth-grade students are excelling in high school—but one of the absolute best options is to have them start writing a daily journal.
To help support you in your efforts to provide your kids with the writing skills they need, we offer you the following free writing resources. Some of the resources are writing worksheets and others are printables. We also share a link to one of our favorite writing worksheet resources for ninth-graders.
If you need fun ways to support your kid’s writing skill development, you have come to the right place. We welcome you and hope you enjoy the resources on our blog.
Writing Worksheets for 9th Grade Printables
More Free Grade 9 Writing Resources
Writing Prompts for 9th Grade (This is where you can find the prompts from the printable pdf and discover even more great writing information for your grade 9 child.)
Freshman year of high school is all about new beginnings, new responsibilities, and new challenges. And whether your students are excited or apprehensive about the coming year, one thing is for sure—they are at an important crossroads, and the path they choose will have major ramifications for the rest of their lives.
That’s a big realization for most ninth-grade students and it’s one that very few of them will be truly prepared to tackle. Fortunately, you can help your students begin to accept the significance of high school by encouraging them to reflect and write about their experiences in a daily journal.
Regular journal writing is one of the absolute best ways for teenagers to sort through their experiences, learn critical thinking, and begin making better decisions.
The first year of high school is one of the most significant times in a teenager’s life. As students face new responsibilities and enjoy all new freedoms and privileges, they begin to renegotiate their personal identities and come to a greater understanding of who they are.
When you combine this transitional period with all of the hormones and the experience of starting out at a brand new school, it’s easy to see why freshmen year can be an especially challenging time for young students. Fortunately, there is one classroom activity that can help to keep your students grounded and confident in themselves and their actions—and that activity is journaling.
When students write, they come to know themselves on a deeper level. They also begin to naturally feel more confident in their ideas and opinions, which enables them to become more comfortable speaking out and participating in the classroom. As your students tackle tough topics like ethical dilemmas, Internet citizenship, and the pressures that both teenage girls and boys face today, they’ll develop new ideas, form critical arguments, and improve their own self-esteem.
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Let’s Write Creatively
Creative writing sounds inherently as though it should be easy—after all, the word “creative” expresses a sense of freedom and possibility that other, more restrictive forms of writing don’t have.
However, sometimes the lack of boundaries makes it even more difficult to begin writing. Kids are sometimes confused by assignments that don’t have many rules, and they may struggle to begin writing creatively.
The following five tips get the creativity flowing and encourage kids to think outside the page.
1. Promote New Experiences
Encourage kids to pursue other interests besides writing. While it might seem counter-intuitive that the first creative writing tip suggests doing anything but writing, alternative experiences actually promote greater creativity once students return to their desks. Kids who struggle with writing can find inspiration by enjoying their favorite activities and trying new things.
2. Don’t Worry About Perfection
Perfection is the greatest enemy of creative writers everywhere. When a person writes about things that matter deeply to him or her, it’s only natural to care about the quality of the finished product.
However, people shouldn’t worry about perfection during the early stages of writing.
High students who worry too much about getting a sentence exactly right may become frustrated easily and associate the negativity they feel with writing as a whole. Instead, encourage your kids to write freely at first and to get as many ideas down as possible. They can go back later and correct mistakes during the editing process.
3. Write about What You Love
Though you might be tempted to give students a particular writing assignment, sometimes it’s best to sit back and let them write about whatever they love most.
Encourage your 9th graders to take a general topic and spin it in any direction that interests them. Most kids will have much more to say and will feel more comfortable writing when they are able to discuss familiar and enjoyable topics.
4. Focus on the Senses
Sensory writing is interesting writing—and focusing on the senses can also help students who are struggling to get started. Give your ninth-grade writers a setting or situation and ask them to describe what a character experiences through the lens of the five senses. What does the view look like? What noises does the character hear—shouting or the rustling of leaves? Are there any smells in the air? Can the character taste anything—flavored lip balm or perhaps a delicious apple pie? What is the character touching?
5. Set Small Goals
Small, realistic goals for assignments also help kids who are struggling with creative writing. Encourage kids to write for 10 minutes daily or to compose one or two paragraphs. With an end goal in sight, even students who dislike writing will know what they can expect and will have an easier time completing the task. As students get more comfortable with writing, you can slowly increase the length of assignments—and watch as their creativity increases at the same time.
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Until next time, keep on practicing those writing skills with your ninth- graders…
Journal Buddies Jill
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