Kids, Write Your Story

Experts on writing always say "write what you know." What do you know the most about? Your own life! Try writing about your life or your family or your pets. You can also write about a day in the life of being you! There are so many things you know about yourself. Try one of these activities or read a book someone else wrote about their life as inspiration.

Activities

  • Use this writing prompt generator  to find some questions you can write about. Select your grade and then select non-fiction to get questions you can answer from your point of view. Bonus: get some fiction prompts too if you want to write a made up story. 
  • Every object has a story. What object is important to you? What story could you write about it? Hear what other people have to say about their important object through this virtual exhibit at The American Writers Museum. Then write your own object story.
  • What do you know how to do? Share it with others by writing instructions that someone else can follow. You can write instructions for something serious, like how to make your bed properly, or for something silly, like how to make the most disgusting sandwich ever.

Books

Cub: Seventh grade is tough, but Cindy learns how to investigate and write when she gets an internship with a local reporter. Learn about what being a cub reporter was like in the 1970s in this graphic memoir.

Chance:  Caldecott medal winning illustrator Uri Shulevitz writes his story of survival during the Holocaust, which highlights how his love and talent for drawing helped him survive.

Sing A Song of Tuna Fish: You can write a memoir about just one year, like Esme Raji Codell does. Read one of the stories about ten-year-old Esme living in Chicago in 1979 and maybe you'll be inspired to write your own.

This post is part of the Learning Journey. Try at least 4 activities on the Learning Journey page , tell us what you did and you could win a prize!

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