The Lonely Scarecrow by Tim Preston and Maggie Kneen is a lovely story that gives readers a vivid look into the heart of a scarecrow. The following writing prompts can help students make self-to-text connections and provide opportunities to practice descriptive language.

Recommended Grade Level(s): First, Second, Third

Possible Modifications/Adaptations:

  1. For students who have difficulty generating ideas, provide a web as a prewriting activity.
  2. Ideas can also be generated by rereading the story “The Lonely Scarecrow” and then discussing what specifically made the scarecrow sad and/or lonely.
  3. For students who have difficulty with physically writing, allow them to dictate their story to someone who will write for them or allow them to be recorded.