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Journal More Often and Have Fun Doing It!

Writing, like most other skills, improves with practice. And yet, it can be difficult to make practicing writing appealing to children. Whether you have an enthusiastic or reluctant young author at home, I highly recommend 642 Things to Write About: Young Writer's Edition. This book is full of fun prompts of varying lengths. There are unlined quarter-page spaces where a child can include drawings along with answers to unusual questions like "You are Otka, hermit crab and king of your fish tank. How do you rule your kingdom?" Children, particularly those in the late elementary grades, will enjoy the opportunity to respond to full-page prompts like "Invent the most disgusting dish you can think of, and write the recipe, with exact measurements and instructions." There are spaces for jokes, stories, and autobiographical details. What will keep this book of writing activities particularly enjoyable for most kiddos is the reasonable length of the activities. If your child feels inspired, he or she can then use the journal prompts as a jumping off point for longer pieces of writing. My students have enjoyed using this book as part of our writing lesson warm-ups so much that I have started writing along with them when I am able.

If you would like to check out a copy for yourself, 642 Things to Write About: Young Writer's Edition is available locally from Child's Play. You can also order it from most online book retailers.


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