Today we will be discussing Creative Writing.  I will explain the writing process, how to make a writing folder and give you some writing resources. First I’d like to teach the writing process.

There are five steps:

1) Prewriting – This is where the child begins thinking about what they want to write about and organizing their thoughts.  There are many types of prewriting that your child can do.  Things like freewriting, making a web, creativing a flow chart, making a list or using a story map.  At the end of this webcast I will give you resources to graphic organizers that will help in the prewriting stage.

2) 1st Draft – The 1st draft is where the child writes without worrying about spelling, grammar or punctuation.  This is a purely a creative writing time.  For most children trying to spell correctly, making sure they are capitalizing and punctuating can be distracting to the creative side of writing.  So during this step, they don’t need to worry about those things at all.  During the week, allow your child to write up to 5 1st drafts on any subject they like.  After no more than 5 1st drafts, the child will pick one of their 1st drafts to continue the writing process and publish their work.

3) Revising – During the revising stage, the child will read their 1st draft and try to make it sound better and more interesting.  They will:

  • Change sentences – add words, take out unnecessary words, and change to more interesting vocabulary.
  • read, reread and reread again.  Your child needs to learn to read their own writing.  They will find many of their own mistakes that way.
  • Take out sentences if needed.
  • Add sentences if needed.
  • Combine sentences if possible.

4) Editing – This is where your child will start looking at their spelling, grammar and punctuation. They will:

  • Reread. They need to think about their writing. Does it sound correct? Change to make it sound correct.
  • Check for capital letters.
  • Check for punctuation at the end of sentences.
  • Highlight any words that MIGHT be misspelled. Then look up all the words in a dictionary or use spell check.
  • Check for new paragraphs. Did you start a new topice with each paragraph? Change the setting? Use dialogue?

5) Publishing – After your child has revised and edited, they will write their final draft.  This is the writing that they will publish.  There are many ways to publish your child’s work.  Such as: making a mini book, creating a family newsletter and putting their writing in it to send to family and friends, or using one of the many online children’s publishing website.  Most of these website are free and will show your child’s work in a gallery with other students of the same age.  You can give family and friends the web address for them to view the work.  I will list some of these sites at the end of this post.

Now I would like to show you pictures of the Writing Folder that I have used for years in my classroom and in my homeschool.  This made with two pockets folder (no brads), one inside the other and stapled together.

                         

           

On the back I will put a sheet that gives suggestions on how the child might publish their work.  I just haven’t got it on this one yet.  Before stapling the folders together, you might laminate them for durability.  Your child will use the pockets during each step of the writing process.  The revising and editing sheets are there to help the child remember what needs to be done during those steps.   This folder is a tool to help the child move through the steps in the Writing Process, but the writing process itself has to be taught.

Resources

The Writing Notebook –

http://teacherweb.com/SC/bells/madden/apt4.aspx

Graphic Organizers –

http://www.eduplace.com/graphicorganizer/

Prompts –

http://www.superteacherworksheets.com/journal-prompts.html

http://journalbuddies.com/journal_prompts__journal_topics/writing-prompts-for-kids/

http://www.writeshop.com/blog/2009/02/10/fun-writing-prompts-for-children/

Activities

http://www.tengrrl.com/tens/017.shtml

http://www.tlsbooks.com/languageartscreativewriting.htm

Publishing

http://www.tikatok.com/  (this site is not free)

http://www.studentpublishing.com/

http://www.booksie.com/users/beta.html/pubcenter

http://www.writersarea.com/kids/kids.html

http://www.storyjumper.com/

There are many more, but these are the ones I found quickly.

I hope this helps you to be inspired to teach Creative Writing to your children.  If there are any other questions, please email me.

See you next week,

Colette

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