Writing Activities for Kids
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Writing Activities for Kids
resources and activities to encourage kids to write
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Newspaper Template, Microsoft Word Newspaper Templates for Kids, Free & Students

Newspaper Template, Microsoft Word Newspaper Templates for Kids, Free & Students | Writing Activities for Kids | Scoop.it
The #1 place for free Microsoft word newspaper templates for kids, students that are printable and blank.

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New templates for kids to create own newspapers. 

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The Book Chook: More Ways to Celebrate Dr Seuss' Birthday

The Book Chook: More Ways to Celebrate Dr Seuss' Birthday | Writing Activities for Kids | Scoop.it
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Creative learning activities to celebrate all things Seuss. 

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The Book Chook: Fractured Fairy Tales

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Ideas for fracturing fairy tales to come up with kids' own versions. 

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How to Teach a Novel: 13 Ways to Engage Students from Beginning to End: Active Lesson Openers and Closers

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WRITING COMPETITIONS 2013 | writingclassesforkids.com

WRITING COMPETITIONS 2013 | writingclassesforkids.com | Writing Activities for Kids | Scoop.it
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Free entry for kids anywhere in world, 2013 writing comps. 

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Sharrock's curator insight, February 1, 2013 11:00 AM

A way to encourage creativity and to support creative students.

Sharrock's curator insight, February 1, 2013 11:01 AM

A way to encourage creativity and to support creative students.

Sanna Tyrvainen's curator insight, February 26, 2013 2:26 AM

This is a tough audience ;)

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The Book Chook: Children's iPad App, Strip Designer

The Book Chook: Children's iPad App, Strip Designer | Writing Activities for Kids | Scoop.it
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I'm impressed with this great presentation tool for kids! 

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BookChook's curator insight, December 30, 2013 4:54 PM
Lots of potential for creativity and self-expression with iPad app, Strip Designer.
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Bottlenose Dolphin Rescue

A Bottlenose Dolphin needed my help to get a fishing hook and line of it's left pectoral fin.
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Short video would make an excellent prompt for writing an information report and further reseacrh. 

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STORY ADD-ONS

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Author Lynn Plourde explains how story add-ons can be a way in to writing for kids. 

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The Story Kitchen: creative writing for kids

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Kids choose hero, villain, setting then Van Patter starts the story; kids finish it. 

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9 Ways to Generate Your Best Ideas

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Idea generation is often seen as the magic side of creativity, and although I love the magic of it, I also feel like I have learned there is a practical side to it as well.

The great idea spirit seems as unpredictable as the weather. Don’t get me wrong, I agree that idea generation has a mystical side, I just think we have more power to be the catalyst of this spirit than many creatives believe.

Here are 9 ways to flip your own idea generation switch:
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Sarah McElrath's curator insight, December 14, 2012 11:34 AM

I agree that we have more control over generating great ideas than we think. We have to train ourselves to be more conscious of those thoughts and questions that crawl just beneath the surface of our conscious mind. We need to pay attention to the little things. And, in my experience, we need to take more showers--and have a pen and paper handy in the bathroom!

Lynnette Van Dyke's curator insight, January 5, 2013 8:54 PM

Yes!

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Playing with Holiday Poetry

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Great achievable lesson ideas for writing holiday poetry with kids. 

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Sentence Frames for Textual Evidence | Roz Linder.com

Sentence Frames for Textual Evidence | Roz Linder.com | Writing Activities for Kids | Scoop.it

When I talk with elementary school teachers about introducing the concept of supporting ideas with reasons and references to the text, I often get puzzled looks. This is understandable. Common Core, however, asks students to do this as young as third grade. This pedagogical shift away from just selecting a multiple choice response is daunting, but can be so rewarding for students. Teachers are thinking about how to answer the question: How do you know? Teachers need to probe students not to select the desired answer, but to add proof, support opinions, and interrogate text for how authors do the same. The Teaching Channel has a great 2 minute model that shows how to use sentence frames with elementary students.

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Children's Writing - More Tips for Young Writers

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Sarah McElrath's curator insight, December 14, 2012 11:29 AM

These are really good tips for young writers. The quotes from published writers help students see themselves as "real writers."

BookChook's comment, December 14, 2012 4:58 PM
These are my tips as one writer to younger writers. I have more here: http://www.thebookchook.com/2012/08/tips-and-prompts-for-young-writers.html But I also have much more well-known Australian authors sharing their expertise at www.thebookchook.com, if you check in the sidebar under Writing.
Lynnette Van Dyke's curator insight, January 8, 2013 9:41 PM

These are really good tips for young writers. The quotes from published writers help students see themselves as "real writers."

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CristinaSkyBox: Writing Skills and Patterns

CristinaSkyBox: Writing Skills and Patterns | Writing Activities for Kids | Scoop.it

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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Links to some great websites that encourage or prompt writing. 

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Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, June 3, 2013 9:05 PM

These are additional writing resources worth reviewing.

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30 Ideas for Teaching Writing - National Writing Project

30 Ideas for Teaching Writing - National Writing Project | Writing Activities for Kids | Scoop.it
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Eclectic, classroom-based techniques for making writing meaningful and enjoyable. 

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Sarah McElrath's curator insight, February 27, 2013 12:00 PM

Very cool ideas that get kids writing about real world stuff.

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The Book Chook: Let's Celebrate Fairy Tale Day!

The Book Chook: Let's Celebrate Fairy Tale Day! | Writing Activities for Kids | Scoop.it
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Lots of writing and other literacy ideas with a Fairy Tale theme, including free PDF booklet. 

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10 Storytelling Elements That Work

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There’s a reason for why certain storytelling elements just keeps coming back, again and again.

 

Well, it’s because they work.

 

I’ve done some research and collected the different storytelling elements in one place.

 

Here we go:


Via Gregg Morris, Judith van Praag, Sarah McElrath
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Good to use as a scaffold with older kids who want to write fiction. Maybe change some of the language? 

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Judith van Praag's curator insight, February 8, 2013 11:06 AM

Years ago, while studying screenwriting with John Truby I used the graph I drew after his story elements class to understand life. Over time I put together the elements that would make up the novel I'm finishing now.


Seeing this list, I immediately think: Oh, that looks like the timeline of my first marriage.
Which makes me want to add:

 

Stories don't need to have a happy ending, as long as the reader knows there are next steps that will be taken. Such endings make us long for more, for a sequal. Some writers do, for that very reason end with "to be continued".

Sometimes, or often, The End heralds a New Beginning.

Sarah McElrath's curator insight, February 11, 2013 7:38 AM

I have heard Donna Napoli describe #3 as "the extraordinary on an ordinary day."

Sanna Tyrvainen's curator insight, February 25, 2013 2:55 AM

I think we should all do this every now and again; reflect the above list to your life or to one day of our life. I'm sure it would make our lives feel much more eventful and exciting.

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Free PDF, Using Comic Editors with Kids

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I love what comics can do for kids. I’ve seen reluctant readers introduced to the joy of books by way of comics. I watched a teen develop an abiding interest
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Free PDF about kids making comics for learning and fun. 

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The Book Chook: Children's Writing - Make a Book at Batalugu

The Book Chook: Children's Writing - Make a Book at Batalugu | Writing Activities for Kids | Scoop.it
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Online book creator, free unless you order a print copy. 

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Wacky Web Tales

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Houghton Mifflin site with mad-lib type fill-in-the-blanks stories.

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Alison Hewett's curator insight, January 30, 2013 1:20 PM

Another story generator with fill in the blanks...

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Word Mover


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iPad app for magnetic poetry, lots of great features

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Ana Cristina Pratas's curator insight, December 13, 2012 8:20 AM

FEATURES: 
- Multi-user poem storage
- User management with the ability to delete or restore within 2 weeks
- 6 poem categories, each with the ability to personalize 
- 12 backgrounds for stylizing poems
- Helpful how-to information available throughout app 
- Auto-saving of poems as they are created
- Viewing of finished poem for proofreading
- Ability to save poem to photos
- Ability to print poem on a wireless printer
- Ability to send poem by e-mail

Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, December 21, 2012 10:19 PM

Poetry Tiles for the iPad!

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Générer un nom aléatoire - Fake Name Generator

Générer un nom aléatoire - Fake Name Generator | Writing Activities for Kids | Scoop.it
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Great way to help kids get "into" a character. 

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The Book Chook: Biff! Zap! Pow! Using Comic Editors for Education

The Book Chook: Biff! Zap! Pow! Using Comic Editors for Education | Writing Activities for Kids | Scoop.it
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Learning activities based on comic editors. 

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