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20 ChatGPT Prompts for ELA Teachers 

Have you used chatbots to save time this school year? ChatGPT and generative artificial intelligence (AI) have changed the way I think about instructional planning. Today on the blog, I have a selection of ChatGPT prompts for ELA teachers.

You can use chatbots to tackle tedious tasks, gather ideas, and even support your work to meet the needs of every student. In my recent quick reference guide published by ISTE and ASCD, Using AI Chatbots to Enhance Planning and Instruction, I explore this topic. You can also find 50 more prompts for educators in this free ebook.

Although I mention ChatGPT in this post, you can use these prompts with other chatbots. You can try Claude, Bard, or even the Magic Write feature in Canva. I share more favorite AI tools in this blog post.

If you are teaching English Language Arts (ELA) or reading and writing skills this school year, this list of prompts is for you! 

20 ChatGPT Prompts for ELA Teachers 

Here’s a list of twenty ChatGPT prompts for ELA teachers that you can customize to your needs this school year. You can change the skills, grade level, and specifics for each prompt to make it your own. If you see brackets like this [topic], just replace what’s inside the brackets with details related to your needs.

Note: If you’re not teaching ELA this year, but know someone who is, send a link to this post their way – I’m sure they’ll appreciate these time-saving tips for teachers!

How can you make literary concepts more comprehensible to [grade of students] who are just starting to learn [reading/writing skill]?

List essential vocabulary a [grade of student] will need when studying [literary period/genre] for the first time.

How would you introduce the concept of [literary device] to a [grade of student] who is struggling with [writing/reading skill]?

Can you provide a real-world example or application of [writing style/technique] that [grade of students] could relate to as they develop their [writing skill]?

Break down the process of [writing technique] into simpler steps for [grade of students] who are working on [writing skill].

What’s a collaborative digital project [grade of students] could do on their Chromebooks/iPads to explore [literary concept] and enhance their [reading/writing skill]?

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More Prompts for ELA Teachers

How could [grade of students] use digital recording tools to practice their [reading skill] or [oral presentation skill] with a piece of [literary work]?

How can you integrate a virtual reality (VR) or augmented reality (AR) app into a lesson on [literary concept] for [grade of students]?

Generate a list of [number] paired texts for [grade of students] to compare and contrast [literary work] with another.

Make a list of [number] book titles, films, or other multimedia resources that could supplement a study of [literary work/ELA concept] for [grade of students].

Develop a sequence of [number] poetry analysis exercises for [grade of students] using poems that reflect [ELA concept].

What is an interesting multimedia project that [grade of students] could complete on their Chromebooks/iPads to demonstrate their understanding of [literary concept]?

What are some interesting facts or trivia about [author or literary work] that could spark interest in [grade of students] who are studying [literary period/genre]?

How can we connect [literary period/genre] with other subjects to make it more interesting for [grade of students] who are working on [reading/writing skill]?

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Even More Prompts for ELA Teachers

List some resources [grade of students] can use for further reading/study while exploring [literary period/genre].

How can we use visual aids or multimedia resources to explain [literary theme] to a [grade of student] who is just starting to learn [reading skill]?

Make a list of common misconceptions that [grade of students] have when they start learning about [literary concept], and how can they be addressed?

Design a plan for a project where [grade of students] create their own [short story/poem/play] inspired by [literary work/ELA concept].

What should [grade of students] include in an ELA portfolio that keeps track of what they learned during the school year?

Create a series of [number] discussion prompts for [grade of students] to analyze [literary work/ELA concept] critically.

Plan a series of [number] read-aloud sessions for [grade of students] using different works of literature that illustrate [ELA concept].

Want more ChatGPT prompts for teachers? Check out this free ebook with dozens of favorites.

Do you have a favorite ChatGPT prompt for ELA teachers? I’d love to hear what’s working (or not working) for you as you explore generative AI this school year. Send me a message on Instagram (follow along here), or reply to one of my weekly newsletters (sign up here) to let me know!

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Dr. Monica Burns is a former classroom teacher, Author, Speaker, and Curriculum & EdTech Consultant. Visit her site for more ideas on how to become a tech-savvy teacher.

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