Here is what I am doing that is different than what I have done in the past. Each morning I give them one or two specific word wall words I want them to include in their sentence. I never give them a prompt or starter for their morning work writing. All I give them is one of two word wall words. For example, this morning I asked my students to write a sentence using the words "look" and " "my". I know this seems like what you do when you give them a prompt with basic word wall words, but I have seen a much different result by doing it this way.
What I have noticed is that I am getting more variety in the sentences my students are writing because they are not used to prompts and because they think of something different each morning to write about. Some of the words on the word wall are ones that students would never use unless asked to so. Even if a student wants to write about the same subject they wrote about the day before they have to find a different way to phrase the sentence because of the new words for the day.
I am also using this time to confer with students briefly about their drawings and to grow them in this area too. I use manila paper and drawing paper during this time because I think I get a better product than I do when I use a spiral notebook.
My students seem to write better sentences and use better phonetic spelling during this time than they do when I give them a specific topic to write about. For time sake I stick to one sentence for morning work. I use my ELA block to work on specific writing skills and writing multiple sentences.
Here are a few examples...
This dog is for me.
I like to go at a zoo with my mom.
I love you mom. I like to run at Sally Moore.
I went to Chuckee Cheese.
I like to play with my sister at grandma's home.
She is my friend.
I like you Xavier.
Me and my mom go to the park and see a rainbow.
I like to play with my airplane and my bike.
At Christmas I like to play with my toys that Santa gave me.
We like to play basketball in the gym.