Question by  Melissa72 (167)

What are some good writing tips for children?

I want to get my class excited about writing.


Answer by  turkmeister77 (107)

To make writing fun for children, begin with age-appropriate tasks, such as short essays about what they did for summer vacation. Ensure the writing environment is appropriate and sress-free. Encouraging them to keep a daily journal can also get their creative juices flowing, giving them more self-esteem about their skills.


Answer by  jclick (1561)

I really like using writers' notebooks in my class (if you're not sure how to do this, look for a workshop or books about conducting "Writers' Workshop" in your class). Students enjoy writing about themselves so a good place to start is with the personal narrative.


Answer by  patti (29325)

Use popular music to show how word choice, rhyme and rhythm are essential. Spend an afternoon creating "headline poetry" with words cut from newspapers. Split into small group for Circle Writing, an exercise that delights kids of all ages. Do two five-minute free writing sessions each day; start with a one-word prompt.


Answer by  Etheline (76)

When I was a kid, I used to associate the letters or numbers with things looking familiar with it. For example,one (1) is like a stick,two (2) is like a duck..


Answer by  GRRL (126)

The Sunday newspaper has great material for children to write about---in the comics section. Let them pick a strip and write about it panel by panel. The dialog and scene are provided. It's fun to write about characters who make you laugh.


Answer by  CarolynOsborne (2804)

First, kids need real things to write about, so having them participate in engaging activities and then use that as a basis for writing helps a lot. Second, kids need real audiences which means not just a teacher. Create a classroom publishing program that allows kids to turn their best work into books that can be shared with other people.


Answer by  HelpfulMal (539)

Definitely put an emphasis on creativity, and try not to chastise for spelling, grammar, or flow mistakes. Try stories in the round--where you write a sentence on a piece of paper, the next person reads your sentence, adds their own, and then folds the paper to hide yours.


Answer by  leann89 (169)

Let them free write - this will give them the opportunity to show you what they are interested in by writing it. Or you could tell them to write about an imaginitive world that they would want everyone to live in. Or you could read them a story and stop in the middle and let them write what their ending would be.

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