Have you spent what seems like countless hours coaxing sentences out of your reluctant writer? Have you struggled to help a runaway imagination build structure? Browse these creative ways to jumpstart the writing process, take new twists on non-fiction writing assignments, and inspire writers of all ages.
These cool story prompt ideas can be used in a myriad of ways and tailored to homeschooled students of multiple ages and grade levels.
This DIY story wheel from Green Owl Art is a great way to begin teaching creative writing to younger children. Storytelling boxes, like these described by Pizzaz, can be used collaboratively or individually to help guide a story and challenge creative thinking as the writer weaves items from the box into the story. Teaching with TLC’s journal jar is an engaging way to reinforce writing skills.
There are so many ways to incorporate story prompts into your writing sessions. Have your student browse an old photo album or photography book and invent stories about the people and places they find. These elementary writing prompts from CanTeach can be assigned, chosen at random from a hat or bag, used as daily journal prompts, and more.
November is National Novel Writing Month, and older students as well as adults can rise to the challenge of writing a 50,000 word novel throughout the month.
But what about book reports, research reports, and persuasive writing? Not all writing assignments can be spun from fantastical ideas and quirky prompts. Writeshop’s ideas for creative book reports can help students approach an assignment they may have come to see as mundane with new energy and perspective. Readthinkwrite provides a detailed lesson plan and resources for allowing students to make their own “travel brochures”, which can be applied to multiple topics, such as books, geographic locations, and even historical periods and events.
The Measured Mom shares some ways to demonstrate a love of writing to your children long before and after they are “school-aged”. This workshop, provided by Andrew Pudewa of The Institute for Excellence in Writing addresses the basic question of why many children do not like to write, and provides a specific method for helping reluctant writers complete compositions. The National Writing Project compiled a variety of eclectic strategies and techniques for teaching writing.