How To Teach Writing In My Homeschool

Writing Sparks

Writing Sparks provides free instant writing challenges for students of all ages. Find a spark by choosing to begin as a teacher or student. Teachers choose the age range of students, the type of spark from choices like, story, poem, news article, or opinion; set the time limit, then begin. A random spark generates with a 2 minute planning period including suggested items to consider during the writing period. Upon completion of the planning time, the writing period begins with a timer to show elapsed time.

The student choice includes additional planning options with suggestions for items to include with the writing. When finished, download onto your computer as a PDF.

If you are stuck trying to find interesting writing prompts for your students, this site is for you! Bookmark this site and add to your collection of writing tools. Have students use Google Docs or Microsoft Word instead of paper and pencil for their writing activity, or if using the student portion, use the online tools provided with the site and download the PDF when complete.

Take student writing a step further by using an online PDF editor like ePub Editor, (see below), to add additional information. ePub Editor allows users to add images, videos, and more to PDF documents to create multimedia and interactive books.

 

ePub Editor

Create multimedia and interactive ebooks that work on tablets and computers for free with ePub Editor. Create your account to begin, then follow prompts to upload images and text with optional image, video, or audio. Other options allow you to create quizzes with different responses such as multiple choice, matching, or drag and drop response. Allow others to edit and add to your book using the share editing option. When complete, publish and share your book using the created URL or download in different formatting options including epub and PDF.

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Create books together as a class as you move through a unit or topic, adding images and ideas your students suggest. Assign a group topic and have the group create their own multimedia version as they learn more about the topic. Challenge your gifted students to enhance the standard textbook by going deeper and learning about related topics.

In lower grades, create teacher-made ebooks for your young readers, perhaps adding audio of your own voice reading the text.

Picture of Creative Writing Book

Aspiring young writers will love this fun activity book full of hints, tips, and handy tasks for writing breath-taking stories, advertisements, blogs, etc. All forms of writing are covered in this title!
Age 10 years and up
Size 8 x 9 1/2
Pages 96
Series Write Your Own Books
Author Louie Stowell

Picture of My First Story Writing Book

 

A write-in book for complete beginners who want to write stories but don’t know where to start. Starting with easy word games, the book takes the young writer through each part of story-writing. From creating characters using doodling and using picture prompts to develop description skills, the book builds up to writing whole short stories.
Age 6+
Size 9 7/8 x 11 7/8
Pages 64
Series Write Your Own Books
Author Louie Stowell

 

Picture of Write and Draw Your Own Comics

This is a companion to the very successful Write Your Own Storybook – for kids who want to tell stories, but gravitate toward pictures. Has a mix of partially-drawn comics and blank panels with intro comics as instructions – lots of space for kids to draw their own comics, but they’re never left fully alone with a scary blank page.
Age 10 years and up
Size 8 x 9 3/4
Pages 96 plus 4 sticker
Series Write Your Own
Author Louie Stowell

 

Picture of Write Your Own Adventure Stories (IR)

A write-in book that will allow children to pen their very own adventure story. With lots of hints and tips on how to create characters, plan plots, write dialogue and stage all-important action scenes, this book will start budding writers off with simple exercises, and build them up until they are racing through their own short stories.

Age 10+
Size 8 x 9 3/4
Pages 96
Series Write Your Own Books
Author Paul Dowswell

 

Picture of Write Your Own Mystery and Suspense Stories

Do you want to tell tales of spine-tingling terror and thrilling suspense? This book is full of ideas to help you write stories about haunted houses, eccentric detectives, cursed tombs, and more. You’ll find lots of useful tips and plenty of space to write — but no scary blank pages.

Age 10+
Size 8 x 9 3/4
Pages 96
Series Write Your Own Books
Author Louie Stowell Megan Cullis

Picture of Write Your Own Storybook

Write Your Own Storybook is full of inspiring ideas for all kinds of different stories, with space for you to write them in, and writing tips to help you on your way.

Age 10 and up
Size 7 3/8 x 9 1/2
Pages 96 pages
Series Write Your Own
Author Stowell, Louie

Picture of A Year in My Life

A kids’ journal quite unlike any other, this beautifully illustrated book invites children to record a year of their life by filling in the 365 quirky drawing and writing activities—one for every day of the year. Activities are fun, quick—so no excuse to miss any days!—and imaginatively offbeat, so journalers might be invited to “Draw a scene that happened today, but give the people animal heads” or “Write down every feeling you remember feeling today” or simply just “Sum up today in a single word.”  At the end of the 365 days, children will end up with an amusing, creative, and offbeat record of a year in their life to treasure in years to come.

Age 9-13
Size 5 3/4 x 8 1/4
Pages 160
Series
Author Lucy Menzies


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