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Use word banks to enrich vocabulary and support young writers.

One way to support students in responding to writing prompts, and all types of writing assignments, is to provide word banks. Young writers can’t dream up new or advanced vocabulary if they haven’t learned it yet. With a word bank, kids have immediate access to a range of relevant words, from the “usual” to theContinue reading “Use word banks to enrich vocabulary and support young writers.”

In creative writing classes, are mechanics like grammar, punctuation, & spelling important?

I like to think of our writing workshops as a funnel. We start out brainstorming expansive ideas. We ask, “What if…?” over and over again, pouring our ideas into the wide opening at the top of the funnel. Then, we gradually focus on one topic, character, setting, etc. and brainstorm specific details about it, funnelingContinue reading “In creative writing classes, are mechanics like grammar, punctuation, & spelling important?”

What if my child keeps writing about the same character or theme?

During a past superhero-themed writing class, a character named Super Kitty was born. The young writer, a second grader at the time, had drawn cute illustrations to accompany the story. And when she shared it aloud with the mixed-age class, everyone went wild with compliments. In the student’s next story for an Indiana Jones-inspired class,Continue reading “What if my child keeps writing about the same character or theme?”

About Me

Hi, I’m Ronni. I’ve been a writer, editor, and proofreader for more than 23 years. I’m also the instructor at The Writer’s Workshop for Kids, and I like to share my philosophy, helpful resources, and more on this blog. Thank you for visiting. Happy writing!

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