Writing Prompts for Grades K-3 — Free Printables
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300+ Writing Prompts for Kids (+ Free Printable) (+ FREE PDF) ✍️
August 11, 2020
This is the ultimate bank of over 300 writing prompts for kids. From creative writing prompts to journal ideas and even quick poetry prompts. Whenever you’re bored or need a little inspiration, here are some fun ideas for kids writing prompts that can be used over and over again.
This list of creative writing prompts for kids includes a mixture of writing exercises, short story ideas, creative prompts and image prompts. All perfect for beating writer’s block and even for helping you write a whole story. If this list is too difficult to read through, you can use the writing prompts generator below to get some quick random ideas. And there’s even a free PDF version of this post available right at the end of this list – Just keep on reading!
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Over 300 Writing Prompts for Kids
- “Ready or not, here I come!” shouted Millie in the distance.
- 2 million years ago, one curious caveman makes an interesting discovery, which takes him to a city in the year 2020. Here’s a video for more inspiration on this prompt.
- A box is delivered to your house. You open it and find…What’s inside the box? Continue this story.
- A girl at your school has been hiding her true identity for years. Until one day it’s revealed that she is an alien from outer space with mysterious powers.
- A group of young puppies are separated at birth. One of them becomes a circus performer. The other, a well-pampered house pet and the final one a stray dog.
- A kind princess gets locked in a tower which once belonged to a powerful wizard. Instead of waiting for a prince or knight to save her, she creates her own spells to get out. Soon the spells start taking over and turn her into an evil witch.
- A man obsessed with comic books starts thinking that he is actually a supervillain from one of his favourite comic books. And now he is plotting world domination.
- A mastermind supervillain is tired of people always booing him and wishing him to disappear. He decides to become a good guy or a superhero and tries to get people to like him.
- A monkey at the zoo wants to run away from the zoo to join a circus.
- A mouse believes that he can talk to cheese. The other mice think he’s crazy – but is he?
- A new magic shop has just opened in town. You decide to get your brother a magic playset for his birthday from this shop. Instead of just playful magic, the magic set turns your brother into a warlock capable of turning humans into frogs and more
- A physics professor at a top university creates a gadget that can turn back time. He starts using it for his own personal gain, such as winning the lottery. Then he realises that he has created multiple timelines, where multiple versions of himself have been created.
- A superhero who catches the bad guy, but actually helps the “real” bad guy escape.
- A vegetarian shark explains how he feels like an outsider and doesn’t fit in anywhere.
- A witch kidnaps you and locks you up in a tower. How will you escape? Why have you been kidnapped?
- A young Prince has locked himself in his castle to avoid eye contact with any human person. One look could turn them to stone.
- A young witch turns her three older sisters into dolls and plays with them every day. How will the three older witches become real again?
- A zombie who wants to become a vegetarian.
- After 30 years in prison, the big bad wolf is finally out. Write a short story about the big bad wolf’s life after prison. You can watch this video for further inspiration and clues.
- After a thunderstorm, you find a mysterious egg in your backyard. It starts to hatch and out comes a baby dragon! What do you do next? For help take a look at our dragon invasion video prompt.
- After eating a strange-looking vegetable, your pet bunny becomes a disgusting zombie bunny.
- After reading a magical book, you gain some magical powers. However, it turns out that you always had these magical abilities inside of you.
- After the accident, Nelson never felt safe again.
- Aliens are coming to invade Earth! Send them a letter to convince them to stop invading Earth.
- All humans eventually get a superpower. However, David is the only kid at school with no superpowers at all.
- All your life you knew your best friend. But one day you find out that your real best friend passed away years ago and was replaced by a robot.
- An adventurer discovers a glowing cube inside a dark cave in South America. But when they try to leave the cave, the cube summons a secret league of assassins.
- An everyday boy walks up from a coma to discover the world has been taken over by aliens – But is this all a dream?
- An evil conman (or any other type of villain) turns out to be your hero’s only saviour.
- An expedition in the Amazon rainforest gets deadly when you and your team encounter a group of warriors protecting the rainforest from outsiders.
- Another tea party, another game.
- Blinded by a bright light outside his window, Jake jumped up in horror.
- Bridget has been best friends with Charlie since elementary school. Everything changes when a new girl Chrissy becomes Charlie’s other best friend.
- Can you help Freddie the ninja cat write up a game plan to rescue his best friend and save the day? Here’s a video for more inspiration on this prompt.
- Can you write a how-to guide on how to make friends at a new school? Watch this video prompt for more inspiration.
- Can you write a short fantasy story about a strange key that opens up portals to new worlds? Here is a video to help you out with this creative prompt.
- Can you write a short story about a group of forest animals working together to save their home from deforestation? You can watch this video to inspire you further with this prompt.
- Can you write down at least 10 ways to show love to someone you care about, such as friends and family? You can use this video to help you out with this prompt.
- Describe the city of the future. In 100 years time, what will the world look like?
- Do you have a favourite magazine that you read? Write a letter to your favourite publication telling them how good their recent issue was.
- During a family camping trip, you find a backpack containing a strange-looking map, compass and a solid gold snake ring. What do you do next
- During the night, your house gets robbed. Now you’re on a mission to find the stolen items and punish the robber.
- Every night the same whispers. Every night the same cries. Who could this be and what do they want?
- Everything he touches turns to bananas that must be the worst superpower ever. When will it ever come in handy?
- Everything will be automated in the future. Humans won’t even need to walk or get up. The robots can do that for them. In fact, humans don’t do anything, apart from just exist in the world. This gives aliens from a nearby planet, the perfect opportunity to invade and take over planet Earth (see our planet name generator for more inspiration).
- Finish this sentence: For lunch today, I…
- Finish this sentence: If I could change one thing about myself, it would be…
- For years you have had breathing problems and suffered from asthma. You also had an extreme phobia of the ocean and deep water. Then one day, someone from your school invites you to a beach party. At the party, you learn that you’re a mermaid.
- For years you have played the role of a good superhero. Always saving lives and watching the people you love disappear. Now you had enough, it’s time to be the bad guy, it’s time to play the villain.
- Gavin was always getting the best presents. For once I wish I could be like him.
- Having a superpower was cool until Mindy started losing control of her power. It was like the darkness was taking over her whole body. She is now a danger to everyone, including herself.
- How was the very first superhuman or human with superpowers created?
- If dogs could speak, then Spike would be thanking Chris right now.
- Imagine if animals could write. Choose an animal of your choice and write a letter to them.
- Imagine that you are a fork. What would your life be like as a fork that humans use for eating with? As a talking fork, what would you say?
- In a futuristic world, humans are fighting against robots to keep their race alive. However, it turns out that everyone is a robot anyway and the true human race died out years ago.
- In a war between humans and aliens, you lose your best friend. However, he/she is really alive and working with the aliens.
- In the damp streets of Manhattan, there lived a fierce little cat.
- In the story of Hansel and Gretal, write from the perspective of the witch that lives in the Gingerbread house.
- Is your family wealthy or short on money? Money can be a strong motivator and a source of conflict for many people. How does money make you feel?
- It’s ‘Bring a Parent to School Day’. But your main character’s parents are so busy that they can’t make it, so they bring their much older brother to school instead.
- It’s the 1930s and you are making your first debut as a circus clown. However, on the first night of the circus opening, things end very badly.
- It’s the annual snail racing championships. Pretend that you are a commentator for a snail race.
- It’s the year 2070 and crime is at an all-time high. To combat crime, one town has completely replaced its police officers with robot officers. However, the robot police officers malfunction and start thinking that all humans are criminals.
- Legend says that if you breathe in and out ten times in front of a mirror something strange happens.
- Life is good, life is perfect until you realise everything is a hologram and the real world is a dark and broken place.
- Life wasn’t great at all for Mr Pea. It wasn’t even mildly good.
- Loneliness is a strong emotion. Write about a time when you felt alone and what did you do to cheer yourself up.
- Look through some old family photos and pick one at random. Use this photo as inspiration for your next story.
- Make a bucket list of all the places you want to visit.
- Meeting a group of talking monkeys in the jungle.
- Mother has always warned me about not eating too much cheese before bedtime and now I know why! Cheese makes your nightmares come true!
- On her 13th birthday, Cassie was cursed to never speak again. She was such a loud, outgoing girl, now she’s almost invisible.
- One day, you notice that cats keep following you home from school. You eventually find out that you’re slowly turning into a cat yourself. How will you stop this from happening?
- People ran inside their homes, as the alarm rang.
- Pick a fairytale character of your choice and write a letter to them.
- Pick an inspirational quote and design a whole page around it in your journal.
- Robbie the robin thinks that he is the best singer in the world. But all the other birds think he sounds like a broken flute.
- Sitting alone in the dark, Jesse feared the outside world. She just wants to be alone.
- Sitting at his computer, Martin noticed something odd about his favourite computer game.
- Some say the number 7 is unlucky, but to me, it wasn’t.
- Superman, Wonder Woman, Captain America, Spiderman – Whoever your favourite superhero is, write an imaginary letter to them.
- Tabitha the house cat knows there’s a mouse hiding in the kitchen. Write a monologue scene of Tabitha dreaming about catching the mouse.
- Talk about the struggles of being the most popular girl or boy in school. Think about the peer pressure you face daily.
- The desert-like sun burned his skin as he lay scorching in the sand.
- The room was a dump, as Jack frantically searched every corner.
- The same words over and over again scattered all over the floor.
- The sun shone brightly on the Oakland farm, but not all was bright.
- The world’s longest game of tic-tac-toe – For some reason, it just never seems to end.
- There’s an old ancient belief that the ocean is alive. When pirates pollute it with rubbish and hurt the sea creatures it makes the ocean angry. Write a short story from the perspective of the ocean.
- Think about a difficult decision you had to make recently. For example, did you have to choose between going to your best friend’s birthday party or visiting your dad in another country?
- Think about how your self-image has changed over the past few years. Has your confidence grown or withered away? Use this as your inspiration for your next short story.
- Think about the first time you met your friend. Write a letter to them reminding them of this time.
- Think about the funniest thing that happened in your life and use it as an inspiration for your next short story.
- This Halloween you decide to go as a simple ghost. What you didn’t realise is that by wearing the costume, you actually became a ghost. And your best friend dressed up as a vampire, is now actually a vampire!
- Thomas Saint designed the first-ever sewing machine. Write a story from the perspective of Thomas and how he came up with the idea.
- Three brothers are fighting with each other to be the next king of their kingdom – who will win?
- Tick… tock… tick… tock… time was going so slow.
- To make some extra money on the side, a farmer decides to open a knock-off version of Disneyland.
- Weather is a common theme in poems. Pick any weather of your choice, such as rain, snow, a sunny day and then write a poem about it.
- What do you think the world will be like in 10, 50 or even 100 years time?
- What hobby do you enjoy the most and how did you get into it?
- Write a biography of your life, as the child of an infamous pirate living out at sea. You can view this video for more inspiration.
- Write a day in the life story of a talking ice-cream family. You can watch this video prompt for further inspiration.
- Write a fairytale about a young prince cursed with the power of darkness. Take a look at this video for more inspiration.
- Write a letter to a company that you want to work for in the future. Tell them why you would make a good worker and why they should hire you.
- Write a letter to cheer someone up who is sad. You could include a funny story or joke in this letter.
- Write a letter to your favourite celebrity.
- Write a script of a conversation between you and a talking tree. You can view this video for more inspiration.
- Write a short story about a dog travelling across America to find his mother.
- Write a short story about being turned into a rat. You can use the clues and questions in this video to help you with your story.
- Write a short story about the life of being a husky dog working in Alaska to help pull equipment and people around in the snowy landscape.
- Write a short story titled, Raining Doughnuts. You can use the information in this video to help you out with this prompt.
- Write a story about a young boy or girl, who leaves their home to find that everyone is gone. Their friends, family, neighbours, pets – Everyone is gone. Watch this video prompt for more inspiration.
- Write a story dedicated to the best teacher or mentor you ever had so far in your life.
- Write about a nightmare you recently had.
- Write about a recent achievement or goal you accomplished.
- Write at least 7 journal entries about being lost on a deserted island. You can use this video prompt to help you out.
- Write out a simple storyline for a new video game. Think about the year your game will be set in, who the enemies will be and how the game will start and end? Watch this video for more clues on what to include in your video game.
- You and your friends finally find the courage to enter the haunted house in your neighbourhood. But what exactly lurks inside the house?
- You are a master chef at a top restaurant. To keep the restaurant going, you need to come up with a new recipe or dish to include on the menu. Can you invent a new dish or menu item? Watch this video for more inspiration.
- You are going to visit your grandma. It’s a two-hour car drive to get and the traffic is extra busy today. While stuck in the traffic you have some funny, yet strange encounters with other drivers.
- You are researching your family tree for a school project. You thought your family was small until you stumbled upon some old family photos All those aunts, uncles, cousins that you never saw your whole life. Why keep them a secret?
- You are the best dark assassin in the kingdom. The king’s son has hired you to kill the king in secret. What do you do?
- You are the most famous superhero of all time. But what you don’t know is that your father is actually a supervillain which you’ll have to take down.
- You become the very first superhuman in the whole world after discovering that you can move objects with just your mind. You decide to keep it a secret and only ever use it when you’re really desperate. But this all changes one day
- You finally solve a Rubix cube to get trapped inside a life-size cube. Where you have to solve many cube-like puzzles to get released.
- You get an unknown phone call from someone. The person tells you that someone will knock at your door very soon and that you should not open it. You hear a knock at the door – What do you do?
- You just landed on a new planet. Describe this new planet to the other people on your spaceship. Watch this video for some clues and ideas to help you with this prompt.
- You’re the son of a mad scientist who rides a snail to school every day.
- You’re leaving a long adventure and you don’t know when you’ll be back. Write a goodbye letter to your loved ones and friends.
- Your best friend and you sneak into the school cafeteria after school to steal some food. But as soon as you open the door you hear the dinner ladies chanting some spell over something that looks like a smoking cauldron.
- Your long, lost sister who you thought was dead knocks at your door.
- Your main character is a poor farmer’s boy. One day his fortune turns around when he finds a magician’s spellbook deep in the forest.
- Your main character is a street thief and a shapeshifter. They can change into any human or animal. As the lowest ranking member of society, your main character is tired of being treated like dirt, so they decide to impersonate the king and take over the kingdom.
- Your main character is a werewolf hunter, but it turns out that he himself is a werewolf.
- Your main character is plotting the greatest revenge in history in their own mind.
- Your best friend died years ago and was replaced by a cyborg. And you only just found out recently.
- After going through some old stuff in the attic, you learn that your great grandfather was a war hero.
- Earth’s weather system has dramatically changed in the future. Now the weather forecast talks about balls of fire falling from the sky and tornadoes made of water flooding random towns.
- Everyone looked up to Lava Knight until he accidentally hurt someone with his superpowers. Now all humans are protesting against superheroes. They demand that all superheroes are stripped off their superpowers.
- On your 12th birthday, you’ll be old enough to join any of the four clans: Steel Warriors, Earth Souls, The Healers or the Wise Ones. But a secret group living underground called the Dark Assassins want to recruit you. What will happen next? (If you like cats and warriors, take a look at the Imagine Forest Warrior Cat name generator.)
- Your character has a big confession to make to the world.
- Your family is hiding a big, dark secret and they’ll do anything to keep it a secret from your other relatives.
- Alone sitting at a dinner party fit for 20 people, the main character explains how they lost it all for nothing.
- Have you ever felt pressured to do something? Write about this peer pressure from the perspective of your future self in 5 years time.
- Write a short story from the perspective of an alien living on Mars. You can use the following sentence as inspiration, “Humans are real! We are not alone! Humans are real” Chanted the crowd.
- Every year your family goes on a family vacation. But this year, the annual family vacation has been cancelled.
- “Master Jewel Thief Caught And Locked Up!” – That’s what the newspaper headline read on Saturday morning. It’s now Wednesday morning and another diamond robbery took place last night.
- During a cruise ship holiday, the ship starts sinking. You end up stranded on an island, where you have to survive until someone rescues you.
- You and your best friend find a beautiful sports car parked outside your home. The keys are inside and the door has been left open.
- Write a short story about a mad scientist who has found a way to combine human DNA with animal DNA to create superhumans.
- As an orphan child, Cassie always felt alone. Until she joined an art club and met her two best friends, Edwin and Miranda. Now she found a family that she never thought she’ll have.
- Each snowflake is unique and delicate. With only a few seconds before you melt, write a short monologue from the perspective of a snowflake falling from the sky.
- A cure for a rare disease mutates humans into flesh-eating zombies.
- Who raised you the most when growing up? What lessons did they teach you? How do they inspire you?
- There are many benefits to being a middle child. You don’t have the responsibility of being the eldest and you aren’t treated like a baby like the youngest. But still, you always feel misunderstood by your family and are always on the outside.
- Earth was created as a prison for all badly behaved humans. And now that the prison sentence is over, everyone can finally go home to their real planet.
- Your main character follows a street cat and ends up in a world where cats rule the planet and humans are their pets.
- The lights turn off, as your master goes to sleep. One dog sits by the bed of his master – What is he wondering about?
- You find an old pen in a magic shop. Every time you write something down using that pen it becomes true.
- A hard-working lawyer decides to leave the city life behind to start a new life in the country. As he ventures off to the country he realises that country life is not as calm or as relaxing as he thought it would be.
- Your main character is a spy in the year 1570. They have been hired to protect the queen from a secret league of assassins.
- It’s the year 2135, every household has their own robot servant. After years of learning from human behaviour, the robot servants develop a mind of their own and start to attack humans.
- For two whole years, you thought Catelyn was your best friend. So many secrets shared. So many moments shared. But she was just a fake friend – She was never there when you really needed her.
- One by one students from your class are going missing. It’s up to you to find out what happened to them.
- Everyone thinks that you’re this big, tough guy, but really you’re struggling on the inside. In a monologue, talk about your struggles and the judgement, you face every day.
- Write about something that brings you great joy in your life.
- Jerome the chameleon hates people staring at him, so he always camouflages. One day he sees a human and wants her to adopt him. But she never sees him. From that moment, Jerome doesn’t want to hide away anymore.
- It’s the 1930s and you are making your first debut as a circus clown. However on the first night of the circus opening things end very badly.
- Sarah can move objects with her mind, but her power is super weak. Until she connects with a group of girls from another high school. Together their bond forms the greatest power that anyone has seen.
- In the future, there has been a serious drop in the human population. After viruses, war and human nature have killed the majority of Earth’s population. Now humans are considered an endangered species.
- How was the first-ever newspaper or media company started? Your main character in this story is the first-ever reporter.
- Your little sister is always bugging you to play with her dolls, but you’re too old to play with dolls. Until one day you actually become a doll. Your parents think you ran away, but really you are in your sister’s bedroom on a shelf with all the other dolls.
- After years of horrific weather conditions and natural disasters, humans have learned to adapt to the various environmental changes.
- Not everything is rainbows and cotton candy on the planet of unicorns. Something deadly lurks underground.
- On a bus ride to an important college interview, your character goes through many self-doubts.
- An alpha wolf is kicked out of his pack for playing around with humans. Will he ever become alpha again?
- It has always been you and you mom. Until one day your mom introduces you to a lady and tells you that they are getting married.
- Mysterious symbols are appearing all over town. It is up to your main character to decipher the code and find out the meaning of these symbols.
- It’s the year 2,075 and scientists have discovered a way to make humans immortal. But only the rich and important people are offered this treatment.
- Write a monologue scene from the point of view of one of the ugly step-sisters in Cinderella. The scene can be set right after Cinderella’s wedding.
- During a football game, the ball falls into the forest behind your school. When you go to find the ball, you discover small fairy-like creatures in the forest. No-one believes you when you try telling them, but you know the truth.
- Your main character hasn’t seen their father in over 10 years. Suddenly out of the blue their father turns up asking for a place to stay.
- For centuries humans have evolved. From apes to modern-day men and women. This evolution has not stopped. In the year, 2200, some humans have special abilities or superpowers, such as mind-reading powers or the ability to fly. This has caused great destruction on Earth.
- After a huge argument, you learn your parents are getting a divorce. Your mom wants you to stay with her, while your dad wants you to come with him. What will you do?
- Write a short story about a magpie with a stealing problem. No matter what this magpie does he/she just can’t help stealing shiny things.
- Dragons are at war with humans. While foraging for food near the mountains you find a small ice dragon that helps hunt for food. Together you end the war between dragons and humans.
- Scientists invent a teleportation machine which allows people to travel all over the world within a few seconds. However, the machine goes bust and starts sending people into different dimensions.
- Complete the following story starter: The music stops, everyone turns around and they see…
- After the death of your uncle, you inherit his magical sword. When held in a fighting position, the sword turns you into a legendary superhero, called the crimson knight.
- A family camping trip gets dangerous when a pack of wolves start circling your tents in the middle of the night.
- Cats and dogs rule the world and humans are their pets.
- Little Red Riding meets the wolf in the forest. Instead of being scared of him, they become close friends.
- It’s Halloween night and you just finished carving a pumpkin with your parents. Later that night when you are alone in the house, the pumpkins start talking to you with the mouth you carved on them.
- After years of getting all the attention from your parents. Your parents bring home a baby boy and now it seems like no-one even notices you anymore. It’s all about your baby brother now.
- Known as the Floral Slayer, there is a serial killer on the loose. They are going around town destroying all flowers in public places, people’s gardens and front yards. Why are they doing this and who can stop them?
- When the world is about to end, a superhero and supervillain must work together to save it.
- A poem dedicated to your mother.
- Going to Paris on holiday.
- Dedication poem to your favourite celebrity.
- The creepy shadows in your room remind you of…
- What is life like on a fluffy white cloud?
- Being on stage with everyone looking at you.
- Can you think of some common stereotypes that people have of women? Why are these stereotypes wrong? For example, some people think women should stay at home and not work – do you agree or disagree with this statement?
- Think about something your mom is always saying and write down how you can help out.
- You’re on the beach collecting seashells. You then hear a calm whisper from one of the seashells. It whispers, “Come, find me…” What do you do next?
- We all heard the legend of mermaids and the loch ness monster. But can you write your own legend about a mysterious sea creature?
- Write a limerick about the summer sun.
- Write one journal entry into your nature journal about the great outdoors.
- Your favourite celebrity is about to give a talk on violence against pets. Can you help them by writing a powerful speech for their talk?
- Your new pet dog has superpowers! Create a comic strip about this super dog’s adventures. Who’s the villain? What are its powers?
- Write a short story which must include the following items: Vanilla Ice-Cream, Jam Sandwiches and a monkey.
- You are the manager of your favourite football team. Create a game plan on how they can win their next game.
- Crystal was one of the most powerful witches of all-time. She defeated many evil warlocks and villains. But now she’s locked up in a mental institution. Is she really a witch or is she just crazy?
- After reading a forbidden book, the most horrific and disgusting creatures from hell crossover to Earth.
- A boy helps out an old lady, in return, he is given magical powers. Instead of using his powers for good, he uses it to destroy the world.
- Scientists accidentally create a vaccine which gives humans super strength, along with other traits.
- A hurricane destroyed a whole city. Write a story about a search and rescue dog.
- You find out that your cat is actually the king of a secret kingdom of cats.
- Who created these statues and why?
- Is anything hiding inside this creepy wardrobe? What do you think you’ll find inside?
- A giant winged man is attacking the city. Write from the perspective of this winged man.
- Imagine if you could fly. Where would you go? What would you do with your power?
- Write a short story including the following elements: An elephant, a balloon, pyjamas and a watermelon.
- Walking in a scary forest you find a house that looks like a shoe. Who owns it and what’s inside?
- The story of three evil pears out to rule the world.
- Your main character is a cat, which is also a spy.
- How do rabbits celebrate a holiday like Easter?
- Write a story about a cat who is best friends with three mice.
- The story of seven ducks and their ducklings travelling to Great Britain for the winter.
- You are a parrot for an evil pirate named Captain Stallion.
- Your main character is a forest witch. Her job is to keep the forest alive. One day some outsiders come to destroy the forest. Continue this story.
- Your favourite board game pieces come alive.
- What’s happening in this image? Are these emojis in prison and why?
- Write a story about King Mica, leader of the street cat family.
- Why is that robot alien chasing down humans?
- Welcome to the Gecko School. What do you think these Geckos are learning?
- The biography of a self-conscious robot.
- Pick a character from this image and write a story from their perspective.
- Princess Liana can control dragons and other mythical creatures through music.
- The friendship between a monkey and a socially awkward woman.
- A young deaf boy befriends a street cat.
- Army of rubber ducks taking over the world.
- A pet food company creates a new food product, where your pets keep growing and growing.
- One day in the park, a portal opens and out comes a medieval knight in shiny armour.
- A new breed of turtles that can carry mermaids and other sea creatures in their shell.
- Your new headteacher is a dog.
- What are these two kittens looking at? What is their relationship with each other?
- Write a story inspired by this picture. What is she touching in the snow? How did she end up here? Is she upset and why?
- Your main character is a silly goat causing trouble everywhere they go.
- A cat becomes friends with two ducks. What adventures do they go on together?
- Two sisters – one evil and one good.
- Describe this setting and use it in your next short story.
- A posh dog who loves to dress up.
- A witch who has the power to control the ocean.
- What is this cat thinking?
- Write a story about a lost and lonely robot.
- What is this strange marking? Where did it come from?
- A witch lost in the Amazon Rain forest.
- What does this huge mysterious cube do and why is it here?
- In a fantasy world, humans ride dolphins around.
- Whats happening in this image? Who are those kids and what are they stealing?
- Write a character profile for the person in this drawing.
- Who is this boy and what happened to his cart?
- The relationship between the moon and the sun.
- Your main character is an underwater fairy.
- Write a story set in a busy street market or fair.
- Tell the story of a family of Venus flytraps.
- Imagine if each raindrop had a whole world inside it.
- Complete the following story starter: The moon’s light reflected on the ocean. Maisie sat with her toes deep in the sand, thinking about her future. What would happen next? Now that everyone knows her secret.
- Complete the following story starter: Soon I will be powerful enough to beat them all!
- Write a story including the following elements: A lobster, two pairs of socks and a party balloon.
- Use a good memory from your life as inspiration for your next story.
- Use a bad memory from your life as inspiration for your next story.
- Complete the following story starter: The nightmares never ended for Clara.
- Write a story including the following elements: Your favourite celebrity, a hobby you enjoy doing and your dream holiday destination.
- Rewrite your favourite fairytale.
- Rewrite the lyrics of your favourite song. But this time make it all about food!
- Write a scary story about an evil prince who collects bugs.
- Write a short biography of a beautiful lady who ages 10 years in one day.
- Describe to your friend a brainy rockstar who hates school.
- Describe a day in the life of an old owl who tries to get into the Guinness Book of World.
- Write a rhyming story about an old movie star who collects bugs.
- Make up a conversation you might have with a nerdy alien who lives on a faraway planet.
- Describe the personality of a self-conscious fox who wants to win a dance contest.
- Write a short biography of an evil dragon who won a million pounds.
- Write a funny story about an ugly knight who tries to get into the Guinness Book of World.
- Make up a conversation you might have with a self-conscious ogre who discovers they have superpowers.
- Write a travel log for a devious dentist who is lost on an island.
- Describe the appearance of a smelly alien who gets lost in the Amazon rainforest.
- Write a detective story about a million-year-old zombie who is always getting into trouble with their parents.
- Describe to your friend a devious pirate who discovers a talking frog.
- Write a rhyming story about a smelly prince who has to save the world.
- Describe a very unusual day for a nerdy witch who has to save the world.
- Write a scary story about a million-year-old cat who ages 10 years in one day.
- Write a scary story about a nerdy rockstar who is lost on an island.
- Write a travel log for a devious dog who rides a giant snail to school.
- Write a story including the following elements: A magical pencil, a dog and a mischievous eraser.
- Complete the following story starter: Darren sat on the bus watching the rain pour down.
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No matter what grade they are in, kids will love these fun and inspiring elementary writing prompts. The concepts are appropriate for all grades, and they will spark interest in kindergarteners and 5th graders alike.
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Journal Prompts for Kids
These journal prompts will appeal to children of all ages. Kindergarteners may write a single word or sentence with help from an adult, while older kids may write short paragraphs.
- What makes your school special?
- How do kids learn to be kind?
- What happens when people can’t work together?
- What makes a good friend?
- What would you like to invent?
- Have you ever broken something? What happened?
- What do you like to do when you’re not at school?
- Have you ever had an imaginary friend?
- What do you like about how you look?
- What is the best thing on the school playground? Why?
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Question Prompts for Elementary Students
Kids of all ages love open-ended questions that encourage them to think about their lives. These question writing prompts work for every elementary grade:
- Who is your favorite movie character?
- What are you really good at doing?
- What do you want to do better?
- How do you cheer up a friend who is sick?
- What do you find annoying?
- What kind of gift is the best to give?
- How do you feel about talking in front of people?
- What makes someone a good babysitter?
- How do you feel about surprises?
- What superpower would you like to have?
Fun and Funny «What if» Prompts
«What if» prompts get kids to use their imaginations, an important skill for a writer of any age. They’ll love these fun writing prompts for kids, whether they write one sentence or a whole page:
- What if you could bring an animal to school?
- What if you had a time machine?
- What if you grew up to be taller than the school?
- What if you were the teacher?
- What if you were a baby again?
- What if cows could drive cars?
- What if you could only see the color yellow?
- What if the president were a kid?
- What if you had a friend who spoke a different language?
- What if you lived in a swimming pool?
Seasonal Writing Prompts for Kids
Kids’ lives change with the seasons, from the clothing they wear to the outdoor activities they enjoy. These writing prompts have plenty of natural inspiration:
- What do you do outside in the winter?
- Does it snow where you live? What do you think about snow?
- What do you like about autumn?
- What is your favorite fall food?
- What do you like about the season right now?
- Do you like hot weather or cold weather? Why?
- What does spring smell like?
- Have you ever jumped in a puddle? If not, imagine it.
- What do you like to wear in the summer?
- Pretend you are a tree. What happens to you as the seasons change?
Entertaining «Finish the Story» Prompts
The key to getting children interested in writing is making it fun and imaginative. These exciting «finish the story» prompts will help them practice their creative writing:
- Once upon a time, a child woke up as a turtle….
- The car stopped in front of my house, and a clown got out….
- Three friends went on a trip to the moon. The best thing about it was….
- Once, I rode a unicorn to school….
- My teacher came to my house for dinner. We talked about….
- One day, my mom and dad switched jobs….
- I was walking in the woods, and someone called my name. I looked down and saw it was a frog….
- A boy had a dream he was a pirate and woke up on a pirate ship….
- The teacher’s necklace is missing, and only one person knows what happened….
- A new kid comes to school and says he is from 1900….
Descriptive Writing Prompts
Descriptive writing helps kids practice the skills they need to write expository essays and narratives. These writing prompts for kids can help:
- Write about something special you own.
- What does your bed look like?
- What is your favorite flavor of ice cream? What does it taste like?
- What will your grown-up life be like?
- Describe a beautiful sunset.
- Imagine you are walking in the woods. What is it like?
- Pick someone you love. What does that person look like?
- What is the best art project or picture you have ever made?
- Imagine you invent a new kind of car in the future. What does it look like?
- Pick an animal. Talk about it without saying what it is.
Opinion Writing Prompts
Making claims and forming opinions is important for becoming a critical thinker and mature writer. The key to inspiring great opinion writing is to ask questions kids care about:
- What makes someone a good teacher?
- Should there be school in the summer?
- What is the best time of day?
- Should everyone wear the same thing to school?
- Do you think cookies or muffins are better? Why?
- What makes a school a good place to learn?
- How can kids protect the planet?
- What kind of food is junk food?
- How old should people be to get a job? Why?
- What is a rule you think is unfair? Why?
Picture Prompts for Elementary Students
Picture prompts are a great way to inspire writing, especially for younger kids. These fun picture prompts will get those pencils moving. First, here is a set of prompts relating to dogs:
- What if your teacher turned into a dog?
- How smart do you think dogs are? Why?
- If you could teach a dog any trick, what would you choose?
- What is your favorite kind of dog?
- What if dogs could say words instead of barking?
Next, here are writing prompts that can accompany this whimsical image of a boy flying in a paper boat:
- Why do you think some balloons float?
- Where would you go if you could fly anywhere?
- Would you want to ride in a balloon boat like the picture? Why or why not?
- Do you think something like the picture could really happen? Why or why not?
- Who would you take with you on a trip in a floating boat?
Narrative Writing Prompts for Kids
Summarizing events and putting things in order help kids learn to organize their writing in a way readers can understand. Whether they’re in kindergarten or 5th grade, these narrative writing prompts will help:
- On my last birthday….
- I got mad when….
- Imagine you had a pretend animal for a pet. How would you train it?
- Have you ever gotten lost? What happened?
- Pick a person. How did you meet?
- What happens in your favorite story?
- Have you been scared? What happened to scare you?
- Write a story about exploring an empty house.
- Imagine you find a magic key. Write a story about what you do with it.
- If you could spend a whole day with your mom or dad, what would you do together?
Poetry Writing Prompts
Creative writing lesson plans are a great way for kids to learn self-expression. These poetry prompts will fit in your lesson plan and work for any grade, although kindergarteners may need a little help from an adult:
- Write a poem about a thunderstorm.
- How do you feel about your parents? Write a poem.
- Write a poem in the shape of a cat.
- Have you ever had to stop doing something you wanted to keep doing? Write a poem.
- Write a poem about the color red.
- What is the prettiest tree you have seen? Write a poem about it.
- Write a poem using the letters in your name.
- Write a poem about how you feel when you are alone.
- What is your favorite holiday? Write a poem about it.
- Write a poem about your favorite food.
Inspire Kids to Write
While these elementary writing prompts work for all ages, it’s also good to inspire young students with prompts for their own grade. For instance, 1st grade writing prompts should be all about fun, giving reluctant writers the motivation to learn. As children get older, the writing world opens up. They need a variety of 4th grade writing prompts for everything from poetry to descriptive writing. No matter what age kids are, inspiring them to write is important work.
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Early Elementary Writing Prompts
These are geared for your first time writers. Very basic prompts that allow them a great deal of creative spark.
One Day of Anything
You can do anything for day. A day without having to worry. What would you do with the day?
If You Could Be A Superhero
You as a superhero. What would you be able to do? What would your name be?
I am afraid of…
What are you afraid of? Is it something scary to most people or just odd?
I Am Proud
What makes you feel good about yourself? There has to be something that every one is proud of themselves or other for. If don’t have hope, what do we have?
Welcome to a land of children only. Welcome to kid island of sorts. Assuming you’re a kid; what would you do?
My Family Alphabet
Use letters to display the qualities of your family. You might have to give the kids an example of this, so they can get the hang of it.
Changing Your Name
Have you ever wanted to change your name? What if you could change your name? What would it be? Mine would be something motivational. I’m leaning towards «Horizon» or «Altitude». I might have to drop it if I ever have to change careers though.
What Animal Would You Be?
If I could be any animal I would be a turtle. It must be nice to never have to rush. Most teachers are on the world’s treadmill 24/7.
Crying Over Broken Glass
Your friend breaks your sister fish bowl. What do you do? This is based on a true story, my daughter’s friend spilled old Joe on the floor. We saved him though.
Talking To Soldiers
What would you say to bring peace? I’m not sure words will ever bring about world peace, but it’s definitely worth a shot.
Later Elementary Grade Level Writing Prompts
These worksheets are focused for writers that have had a bit of success in writing.
Hollywood and Your Life
Your life as a movie. Is it a drama, action, comedy, or complete horror show?
Principal for a Week
What if you literally ruled the school for a week? How would you run your school differently? What would be hard to do?
The Latest Gear Bully
They pick on you for your lack of gadgets. What if you were bullied for not having the latest iPod or Video System?
You’re the Chef?
Explain your recipe. Explain how you would prepare a dish for your guests.
If Grandma Had An Ipod
What if technology had always been around? What if technology had always been available? How would the world have changed for your grandparents?
Helping Your Sick Friend
How would you help a seriously sick friend? Your friend is very ill. What would you do?
What are your thoughts on the topic? What is your take on School Uniforms? Do they help, hurt or do they have zero affect on education?
Mom and Dad At Work
What do your parents do all day? Do you know what your mom and dad are doing all day?
Letter to the President
Write a letter to the Commander and Chief. Write a letter to POTUS. That a cool acronym. See if you know what it stands for.
If You Were Invisible?
What would you do with that super power? If no one could see what you were doing, what would you do?
Middle School Writing Prompts
Your middle level writer are usually the most creative. They are in that awkward phase of life where they are working to understand themselves. We have all been there.
What Good Is Facebook?
Is it all bad or is there some good. Think globally. We always hear the negative side of Facebook. What are the good qualities?
My Favorite Friends
Why are they your favorite? What makes one friend stick out from another. Why do you have a best friend?
Help Your Parents Understand
Tell them something that you want them to understand about you. There has to be something that you feel that you can’t express to parents. What is it?
Pressure from Friends
Is peer pressure real? Is peer pressure legit? Or just an excuse for teens to use?
Excited About Me
This is a fun one for everybody. The reader and writer will both have fun with these. Caution laughter will ensue when reading these.
Self Esteem and Eating In Youngsters
What hurts your inward feelings? Youngsters have unique challenges that fade over time. Explore them.
Who is yours? Who do you look up to? Why?
Make Me Laugh
What makes you cry laugh? What makes you laugh hysterically? Sheep perhaps? Maybe not.
Why Do We Worship Differently?
A look at religion. This one may not be appropriate for all class rooms. It is a valid question to examine.
Can You «Rise To The Occasion»?
We analyze a statement. What does that mean? Are you living up to it?
High School Writing Prompts
Students at this level are ready for more of a challenge and need to include critical thinking measures.
Goals and Careers
Are they a good thing or just an obstacle? Are goals and career planning overwhelming? Should we plan or just let things happen.
Over The Next Thirty Day I Would
No obstacles, what would you do over the next 30 days? Let’s say you had unlimited money, were able to travel through time, and had 30 days. What would you do?
Changing the World Just a Bit
How do you improve the world? Students analyze a common saying to see if they understand the meaning.
The Influence of Violence
How does our culture influence our attitudes? How does what we see and hear in popular media affect our outlook on what is right and wrong.
Wisdom of Your Parents
What do you want to learn from your parents? What do you wish your parents told you. You can always ask.
High School and Life
Are they connected or separate? Is school a reflection of real life or are they two completely different animals.
A real serious issue that you shouldn’t approach lightly. Students will critical analyze a cruical topic in the teen population today.
World In Chaos
What is your outlook on the world? Kids have so many challenges today. How do they feel their future is looking?
The Crazy Food Court
Write about a time at the mall food court. We find that writers tend to drag this one out, so you might need extra paper.
What is your take on the global impact? How have natural disasters changed the course of history? Where are we headed?
How Writing Prompts Help Students
Writing prompts effectively encourages students to be creative and increase their interest in writing. Students are often asked to write about a topic to assess their understanding, which helps them recall information they have learned, make connections, and express their ideas and thoughts. Students need prompt writing to give them the spark of creativity they need to start writing on a topic.
If you’re wondering how writing prompts are beneficial for you, we’ve compiled a list of reasons to explain the benefits of writing prompts for students.
Writing can be challenging for some students. Conceiving and organizing ideas and converting ideas and thoughts into words is not an easy task for students who don’t have a lot of practice in writing. However, teachers can help students overcome this by encouraging writing prompts. Let’s first try to understand what writing prompts are.
What It Means!
Writing prompts are learning assignments that require students to write about a particular topic in a particular way. These are short tests, statements, or images that allow students to start their writing process and direct their writing in a specified manner.
Prompt writing help introduces and focuses on the topic you are writing about. It is a cue that helps someone focus on a specific topic and provides a potential topic idea or a starting point for an essay. After writing prompts, you then jot your idea around it. The point is to get into the flow of writing.
Here are a few examples of writing prompts:
— It was the first snowfall of the year.
— The smell of freshly-cut grass.
— Stars blazed in the beautiful night sky.
Tips on Introducing Them to Students
Here are some tips that you can use to introduce writing prompts to students to improve their writing skills and promote creativity.
1. Explain the Purpose of Writing Prompts
The first step toward helping students with writing prompts is to help them understand its purpose. You must help your student to figure out prompts and understand what is being expected of them in terms of the content they have to produce.
To help students understand the nature of the prompt, you must encourage them to ask the following questions:
— Who is the audience?
— What type of writing is necessitated by this prompt?
— What are the details that need to be included?
2. Organize a Strategy
After students have understood the purpose and importance of writing prompts, it is now time to model the strategy. You can take the help of examples to do this. You can display a writing prompt in your classroom and refer to it while explaining the use of writing prompts.
Pick a topic and brainstorm ideas with your students to help them generate ideas with a prompt. Use the ideas you and the class have generated to write a simple text that becomes the starting point of their essay.
3. Facilitate Daily Practice
After you have taught writing prompts to the students, encourage them to practice this in their writing. Incorporate writing prompts in their daily lesson plans. The more they practice, the more they will understand and use prompts to facilitate their writing process.
You can organize discussions at the end of the assignment, allowing students to share and discuss what they have written so you can identify and work on areas that need improvement and allow the students to do the same.
4. Assign Homework
To encourage students to write independently, you can assign writing prompts as homework. This will help them develop and work around their ideas independently and gain the confidence to write well. This strategy is effective for encouraging free-style writing as well.
5. Use the Warm-up Writing Strategy
Assign specific prompts to your students and allow them to write a few sentences as a warm-up exercise. This will allow them to see how prompts are used. Get their minds to focus on the assigned topics to get their creative juices flowing and focus on the learning process.
Benefits of Writing Prompts for Students
The significant advantage the writing prompts has for students is the confidence they get in writing. Let’s look at some other ways how writing prompts help students.
1. Allow Students to be Creative in Their Writing
Writing prompts encourage students to be creative in their writing. It allows students to create and build on different storylines by letting their imaginations go wild. Responding to a prompt allows students to write whatever comes to their minds.
Writing for a few minutes on a prompt allows students to return to the piece after taking a break and easily continue writing.
2. Allow Students to Write for Longer Periods
Responding to prompts can be fun, allowing students to write and write, especially if they are satisfied with the direction their writing went with the prompt. It allows students to revisit their ideas and thoughts and develop something more valuable or interesting. Extended hours of writing are essential skills that will help students in other aspects of the learning process.
3. Improves Writing Skills
Writing prompts also improves the writing skills of students. When they write prompts as part of their daily routine. Naturally, their writing skills improve.
Good writing skills will benefit students in their academic and professional lives.
4. Allows Students to get into the Habit of Writing
Writing prompts also helps students get into the habit of writing. This helps build up their muscles to write creatively for more extended periods. As they get into this habit, writing becomes easy to gain confidence.
5. Allows Students to Grow on Build on their Story
Prompts can help give students fresh new ideas to grow their story or inspiration for another piece they are working on. As they start, they will continue to get inspired and come up with new material. This is an excellent source of encouragement for students in the writing process.
Writing prompts are a great way to improve the writing skills of students. As they practice, their writing style will become more organized and polished.
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Not all writing has to be serious…
Let me start by saying I’ve homeschooled my own four kids for the past five years. There are some things my kids have spent more or less time on than they might have had they been in public school. There are plenty of things that I think kids learn when they’re ready or as the need arises. Writing, to me, is important. And it’s something that one can only get better by doing. A lot.
For beginner writers that means including lots of opportunities to write. These opportunities don’t necessarily need to be full of academic requirements. Just give your kids a reason to write! Lists, letters, brainstorming- any reason for your kids to put pencil to paper is a good one!
The time capsule…
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Writing about artists…
I’m always inspired by the lives of great artists and love to encourage my kiddos to research artists that inspire them. This printable mini book allows your child to record what they learn about the artist of their choice.
I especially love that this writing prompt asks your child to record factual information as well as opinions and observations.
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Writing can be an amazing way for even the youngest kids to express big feelings. This printable mini book prompts your kiddos to write and draw about things they might be feelings anxious, happy, or worried about. These writing prompts can be great conversation starters!
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Comic book writing….
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Bullet journal templates…
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Write about artist’s lives…
These four printable artist studies are all about responding to art work. Help your kiddos hone their powers of observation and then learn to put what they see into written word. Example art works are included so your kiddos can respond to whats in front of them. No searching for you!
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Claude Monet artist study
Vincent Van Gogh artist study
Mary Cassatt artist study
Henri Rousseau artist study
Write about the states…
Are your kiddos learning about the states? This free printable book is a great way to get your kids to write and draw about their knowledge of each state.
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Write about great women artists….
These three free printable artist studies are all about the lives of great women artists. Each of these posts comes with an accompanying book list which makes these a great intro to reading for facts and writing to convey information.
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Yayoi Kusama artist study
Frida Kahlo artist study
Write and draw…
These writing papers are available in both elementary lined and a smaller middle school lined versions. Each set of ten contains a variety of structured papers with room for your young person to combine writing and drawing on the same page!
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Write about friends…
Being a good friend and having good friends is huge part of the human experience. This free printable book includes eight pages with room to write and draw about the qualities of a good friend.
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Write about gratitude…
These pages are meant to inspire your kiddo to write and draw about the things that make them grateful. Five free pages print in black and white and are ready to go!
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Write to get to know someone…
These pages are a great way to get to know your kiddos a little better. Each page prompts your student to write or draw about their preferences, their family, and what they look forward to each day.
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Novel Writing Technology — A Writer’s Handbook
There are several approaches to writing a first draft:
Stream of Consciousness
The author has no plan: he sits down and types whatever comes to mind. This method is suitable for writing works with one or two storylines.
A novel according to plan
Before starting to write the text, the author prescribes a plan: sometimes short, sometimes extended. This option is ideal for medium-difficulty novels with two to three storylines. One of the varieties of this method is the “Snowflake Method” by the American writer Randy Ingermanson.
Its meaning is as follows: the writer builds the plot from the simplest scheme to a complex extended synopsis.
For multifaceted works that require serious research, we can recommend the following technology:
Five files are created:
Factual material is added there: politics, economics, fashion, culture, descriptions of individual events, etc.
All materials are systematized by sections. Each section is bookmarked.
The author enters a new interesting fact in the right section and then can easily find it in a pile of material.
This file lists all the more or less significant characters. Detailed biographies and relationships of the characters with each other are described. For better visualization, it makes sense to select photos of actors for a particular role on the Internet.
This file lists all events by month. We are talking not only about historical dates, but also about the facts that create color.
For example: “December 1925 — release of the film Battleship Potemkin”.
It was a landmark tape — everyone watched and discussed it.
Or: “In the spring of 1925, the newspapers began to print crossword puzzles (the hit of the season).”
Or “The most fashionable plaid stockings, also called “crossword””.
This file is created in Excel or in the Scrivener program (I personally use it, but I will show tables for Excel as an example, since everyone who has Microsoft Office on their computer has it).
So, we create two tables:
Detailed plan by chapters
In this table we create five columns:
• Date — when the event described in the novel took place.
• Chapter number.
• Para. If the chapters are long, they should be divided into paragraphs (one paragraph — one scene). We mark each of them with numbers: for example, 23.9, where 23 is the chapter number, and 9 is the paragraph number. This is required in order to quickly, by typing the paragraph code in the search engine, find the right place in the novel. Then these codes are removed.
• Event. In order not to forget in which paragraph what is being discussed, we describe the scene in one or two sentences.
• Focal character — each scene is viewed from the point of view of a character.
|Date||chapter no.||Section||Event||Focal character|
|Dec. 1922||2||2.1.||Nina negotiates with smugglers||Nina|
|2.2.||Nina goes to the hotel||Nina|
Table 2. The plot lines of each of the characters
The second table is needed in order not to lose the plot lines and clearly know what this or that character was doing at a given time. In the left column — dates by month, in the top line — the names of each of the heroes. Thus, in each column we have a brief biography of the hero.
|Dec. 1922||Shanghai landing||By ship||Offers Nina to sell weapons||Shanghai landing|
|Jan. 1923||Attempting to start a business||Shanghai landing||Arms dealing with Chinese||Lounging in a hotel|
When the author fills in all the columns, a structured plan of the novel with all the plot twists and turns will appear before his eyes. It is clearly visible what is coming from and where to look for the desired event in order to correct it.
Each scene is described in detail in this file. So far, only in the form of a draft: events, reactions, thoughts — nothing more. Chapter numbers and paragraph codes are also placed here in accordance with the way it is described in the Plan.
Writing a draft
After the plot is fully verified, each scene is thought out from and to, you can start writing the main text.
Personally, I write it right on top of the synopsis. Load yourself with the question “What next?” no longer required: all efforts are focused on style and language. With this approach, there is very little “production waste”, because everything unnecessary is cut off at the planning stage.
It is not uncommon for a writer to struggle over a scene for hours, but it doesn’t work out. Time flies, the matter stands, the author despairs.
What to do? Write down the thought — what exactly should be reflected in this scene — and move on. You can write the whole novel in this shorthand, and then edit it.
The next stage is editing: we read the first version of the novel, look for logical and emotional errors in it, remove something, add something. As a result, notes appear in the margins: «Masha forgot about her sick mother — correct!», «Add Kolya’s biography», «Rewrite the whole scene from Vasya’s point of view», etc.
It is necessary to check the text for the presence of extremely essential elements:
1. Each character in each scene should be interesting in some way. He has his own goal and he strives to achieve it.
2. Every scene should have a dominant emotion. We answer the question: how do people feel when they read this paragraph?
3. Each scene should have details that clearly characterize the scene or the interlocutor of the focal character. These details create the effect of recognition.
Haze’s house appeared — boarded, bleached, terrible, tarnished with age, more gray than white — the kind of dwelling in which you know that instead of a soul you will find an enema intestine.
V. Nabokov «Lolita»
4. Each scene should contain vivid comparisons, jokes or contrasts. This is what makes text delicious.
The doorman is here. And there is nothing worse than this. Many times more dangerous than a janitor. Absolutely hateful breed. Crap cats. A flayer in a lace.
M. Bulgakov “Heart of a Dog”
5. In each scene, it is necessary to put a question-hook — the answer to which should excite the reader.
Example: Why did Professor Preobrazhensky lure Sharik to him? What happened to Sharik after he was euthanized? etc.
There are four types of hooks: obstacle, threat, mystery and news. For details, see Alexander Molchanov’s article «Hooks in the script».
6. Each scene should advance the plot or reveal important character traits of the hero.
7. Each scene must contain or lead to conflict.
Scenes in the novel
In the process of writing the second draft, we decide which scene to execute and which to pardon. In a well-built scene, there are two turning points: external and internal.
a) external — something that moves the plot forward,
b) internal — something that affects the focal character: he realizes something or somehow changes.
Sometimes one of two turning points is enough. But if there is neither one nor the other, the scene is a clear candidate for culling.
The third draft is a work on style and correction of minor flaws. Next comes the correction.
How to write a novel quickly and efficiently. «Snowflake method»
How to write a novel
Want to write a novel and still can’t gather your strength? This happens quite often. Writing books is easy; it’s hard to write good books. If it wasn’t, we’d all be creating bestsellers.
There are thousands of ways to write a novel. Which one is the best? The one that suits you personally. In this article, I want to share a method that works for me.
Good fiction is not something accidental — it is the result of carefully planned action, the design of the novel. You can do design work both before and after writing a book. I tried to do both and, in the end, I was convinced that before — both faster and better.
How do you design an artwork? In my main job, I am engaged in the architecture of complex software projects. And I write books the same way I write programs—using the snowflake method. What it is? Before we go any further, take a look at this drawing. The snowflake scheme is one of the most important mathematical objects, which has been studied by many scientists.
Here we see a step by step strategy for creating a snowflake. At first, she is not very similar to herself, but gradually everything falls into place.
You can write novels on the same principles — start small and then build on more and more details until you have a complete story. Part of design work in literature is creativity, and part is managing your own creativity: turning disparate material into a well-structured novel. This is exactly what I want to teach you.
Most writers spend a lot of time thinking about a novel. Perhaps you are doing some research. You calculate how the story will develop. You are brainstorming. You hear the voices of various characters. This is the most important part of creating a book, which I call «pushing information.» I’m assuming you know how it’s done: you’ve already got the idea for a book in your head, and now you’re ready to sit down and start writing.
But before you get down to business, you should take care of organizational issues. You need to write down all the ideas on paper in a form that you can use later. What for? Because our memory is not reliable, and because there are many holes in your history (as in any other at the same stage) that need to be patched up before you can begin to work. You need to create an outline for the novel, and in a way that doesn’t discourage you from writing. Below is a step-by-step diagram of how I create my book design documents, which I hope will help you.
Take an hour and write a one-sentence summary of your novel. Something like this: “An evil physicist travels back in time to kill the apostle Paul” (abstract for my first novel Sin). This is a close-up of your novel, analogous to the large triangle in the snowflake scheme. When you offer your book to publishers, the abstract should appear at the very beginning of the work. It is also called a hook (hook) that allows you to sell a novel to a publisher, distributors, shops and readers. So try to make it sound as good as possible.
A few tips on how to do this:
* The shorter the better. The proposal should not exceed 15 words.
* No names! Better to say Disabled Acrobat than Jane Doe.
* Link the overall concept of the story to the characters. Which character suffered the most as the story unfolded? Now indicate what he wants to receive in the form of a reward.
* Read the short summaries of books on the New York Times bestseller list to see how it’s done. The ability to describe a book in one sentence is an art and should be mastered.
Take another hour and expand the sentence into a paragraph describing the opening, conflict, and denouement of the novel. As a result, you will get an analogue of the second step in the snowflake scheme. Personally, I like stories written in three conflicts plus an end. Each conflict takes up a quarter of the book to develop, and another quarter ends at the end. You can also use this paragraph in your application for publication. Ideally, it should consist of five sentences. One sentence for the beginning, one for each of the conflicts, and one more for the end.
All of the above will give you a general idea of the story. Now you need to write something similar for each of the heroes. Characters are the most important part of any novel, so the time you put into creating them will pay off tenfold when you start writing the book. Spend an hour on each of the main characters and write a short one-page essay: — The name of the hero.
— A sentence that describes the story of his life.
— The motivation of the hero (what does he want to achieve ideally?)
— The hero’s goal (what does he want to achieve specifically?)
— Conflict (what prevents him from achieving his goal?)
— Epiphany (what does he learn, how does he change as a result of the events that happened?)
— Paragraph that describes events in which the hero takes part.
Important note: You may need to go back and rewrite the annotations afterwards. It’s a good sign that your characters are teaching you something useful for your story. At every stage of writing a novel, you can go back and rewrite what you’ve done before. This is a very useful thing: it is better to correct all the shortcomings now than when you have already written a 400-page manuscript.
At this stage, you should have a complete picture of your novel in your head — and it will take you only a day or two. Now we need to write the story. Take a few hours and turn each sentence of your annotation into a separate paragraph. All of them, except the last one, must end with a conflict (the last one is the finale of the work). As a result, you will get a synopsis of the novel, which can also be used later to send it to the publisher.
Spend a day or two writing a one-page description of each main character. Half a page will go to secondary characters. These character synopses should tell your story from the point of view of each of them. Go back and make corrections as needed. This is the step I enjoy the most, and later I insert character synopses into the main synopsis. Editors like this because they are always drawn to fiction based on human characters.
You now have a solid story and several stories based on it, one for each character. Take a week and expand your one-page synopsis into a four-page synopsis. Essentially, you need to stretch each paragraph from Step Four to a whole page. Along the way, you will reveal the internal logic of the work and make strategic decisions: in which direction the plot will develop.
Turn the description of the characters into a detailed story about each of them, indicating all the essential details: date of birth, appearance, life history, motivation, goals, etc. And most importantly, how will the hero be transformed by the end of the novel? As a result, your characters will turn into real people and will sometimes present their claims to the development of the plot.
Before you start working on your manuscript, there are a couple of things you can do to help you along the way. First, you need to take a four-page synopsis and make a list of all the scenes that need to be written. The easiest way to do this is in Excel. For some reason, many writers don’t want to mess with unfamiliar programs. Deal with it. You have already mastered how to type in Word. Excel is even easier. You need to create a list of scenes, and this program is just designed to make lists. If you lack knowledge, buy a book and learn. Spend less than a day — it’s worth it.
Each scene must have one line in the table. In the first column, list the characters in whose name the story is being told, or through whose eyes you look at what is happening in the novel. In another, wider column, write down what is happening in this scene. If desired, in the third column, you can indicate how many pages you plan to stretch this scene, and in the fourth, the numbering of chapters. The Excel spreadsheet is the perfect tool for this, as you can see the whole story and you can easily move scenes from place to place.
I usually get about 100+ lines and it takes about a week to complete them.
Ninth step is optional. Go back to Word and break down each scene in the table into a few paragraphs. Sketch rough dialogues and sketches of the problems to be solved. If there is no problem in the scene, then you need to create it or cut the whole scene. I usually got one or two pages per chapter and I started each of the chapters on a new page. Then I printed out the text and put it in a folder with a binder so that I could swap the chapters around or completely rewrite them without confusing the rest. This process usually took me a week. The result was a 50-page document, which I then corrected with a red pen as I wrote the draft. All the ideas that came to my mind in the morning, I wrote down in the margins of this document. This, by the way, is the relatively painless way of writing a long synopsis that all writers hate so much.
At this point, sit down and start typing a draft. You will be surprised how fast you will write. I have met authors who tripled the speed of writing a novel in this way, and at the same time their drafts looked like they had already been pre-edited. I have repeatedly heard writers complain about the difficulties of writing the first draft. All of them, without exception, sit and think: I don’t know what to write about next! Life is too short to write like this! There is no reason to waste 500 hours of work time on the first draft if you can do it in 150 hours.
That’s all. The snowflake method helps me and some of my friends who also decided to try it. I hope you find it useful.
Acknowledgments: I thank my friends at Chi Libris and especially Janelle Schneider for discussing the snowflake method and everything else.
Translation: Elvira Baryakina
How to make a quest. Organize quests on your own.
How to make a quest by yourself? A good quest requires a lot of thought and preparation to achieve a well-balanced and successful activity. This is what I do, I come up with exciting quests for children’s and adult holidays. I will give you all the tips you need to create a wonderful adventure that will delight all participants, the birthday boy and his friends on the next birthday. I provide step by step instructions for you, explaining all the important elements that will ensure the success of your treasure hunt.
Content of the article:
- 1 How to make a quest on your own
- 1.1 What format to choose for treasures
- 1.2 Elements that should be taken into account when searching for treasures
- 1.3 ideas for tasks
- 1.4 Preparation Preparation Preparation Preparation to the quest
- 1.5 Writing different types of clues
- 1.6 Where to hide clues and tasks
- 1.7 Running a quest
Completing quests is a great and easy way to entertain children. This activity offers a huge number of different activities that help improve their physical and intellectual development.
It is undesirable to simply give children one puzzle after another. It is much better to beat everything well and come up with or borrow a ready-made plot in literature or cinema, determine the goal, think through the tests on the way to the treasure. To overcome these obstacles, we will need all these tasks. Below are some tips on how to complete the quest.
Which format to choose for treasure hunting
- Hint Treasure Format : The standard treasure hunt is the most common. Each time players solve a riddle, it leads them to where the next clue is hidden. In this way, the players continue from point to point until they finally find the treasure. To do this, you just need to create riddles that will allow you to guess the cache. This is the format that I explain in detail here.
- Treasure hunt with maps : Treasure hunt with maps, of course, the starting point is displayed on the map. This map shows a plan of the area where the treasure hunt will be carried out: a house, an apartment, a garden, a city, a village, a forest, a park, a shopping center, etc. Participants are driven from point to point, collecting various markers. These markers can correspond to puzzles or puzzle pieces. Together, these markers and puzzles allow you to locate a treasure waiting to be discovered.
Items to consider when looking for treasure
- First, the age of your children will affect the duration of your treasure hunt. In children under 6 years of age, the ability to concentrate is about 40 minutes. For kids over 8, 1-2 hours is a good party length. Of course, after 26 clues, even older children can get a little tired. 5 to 15 is usually a good length, depending on how far apart the clues are.
- All tasks must be age-appropriate, neither too easy nor too difficult. Finding the right balance is one of the most difficult tasks for a treasure hunt organizer.
- Theme: You must choose a theme that will appeal to your child and his guests. Treasure hunting for princesses might be a bad idea for your son. Try adding some superheroes, knights or pirates… Also choose a theme based on the age of the kids.
- Choose a spacious seat that is appropriate for your age. You need enough space for the kids to roam, but not enough to let them get lost. For younger children, hunting in a group or with adults can help if you want to move around a wider area without getting confused or lost.
- Location: home, garden, shopping center, park or forest, as many places where treasure hunts can be organized. This will affect the content of the riddles, since, as we explained, it is the riddles that allow you to solve the caches.
- Will they look for individual prizes, finding one for each clue, or do you want the kids to end up with one big treasure at the end?
- The theme of the event is a good reason to dress everyone in themed costumes, which can make the process more “realistic” for children. For example, you can buy a pack of cheap blindfolds and plastic swords, bandanas and call it a hunt for pirate booty.
- Children with food allergies need special treats.
Here are some examples of riddles and clues to use when planning your treasure hunt. Each riddle allows you to guess the place.
- Puzzles are a series of drawings that, after interpretation, give the syllables for a phrase or word. They can be used to create words or phrases to be used as clues to find treasure.
- Puzzles. Below is an example of a solved puzzle in which the children should go and look for the next clue near the piano. To make a mosaic, simply take a picture of the next clue’s hiding place, print it out, and then cut it into several pieces.
- Riddles with a secret code. Below is an example of a puzzle where you need to use a code to discover the hidden word. This example is taken from a treasure hunt in French, the word in the code is door.
- Riddles with coded phrases. This is an example of a coded phrase where children have to read each letter to find out where the next clue is hidden.
- Riddles. You can also use various riddles for ingenuity and ingenuity. Here is an example of a riddle that allows children to guess that the next clue in the treasure hunt is waiting for them near the comb (that is, in the bathroom). “Who has teeth, but does not bite and helps straighten hair?”
Preparing for the quest
- Writing a story and script: The treasure hunt often begins with a letter sent to the children by the character in the story. An example would be a letter received by mistake from a pirate writing to another pirate, saying that their plan was a success and that the treasure was hidden in a safe place. To find the treasure, a fellow pirate needs to solve several riddles that will lead him to the hiding place. But the first pirate made a mistake when sending the letter, so now the children have to go in search of treasure… This is very important in how to do the quest correctly.
- When writing clues, work backwards from your last assignment. Each clue should lead to the next one, so think about how to write the right clue that will lead to your location, then hide it and repeat. Of course, make sure the last clue you type (and the first one the kids find) leads back to your starting point! Keep in mind that although the first clue should be easy, the difficulty of these will increase as the hunt continues.
- You need to come up with several riddles, challenges and various tasks, respecting the level of difficulty.
- Think about where to hide the various puzzles so that the participants do not find them before starting.
- Treasure Creation: Treasure itself is the grand finale of your quest, a box decorated or wrapped in colorful paper is perfect. You can fill it with different surprises, fake gold pieces, sweets or toys for members to share and take home. Think about the fact that the first person or team to find it can get a prize, which will give the hunt some competition and excitement. The treasure doesn’t have to be a thing. You can have a great meal, throw a party, or arrange for the kids to get into the «secret grove». If the hunt is for younger children, make sure there are some consolation prizes—everyone should find something to take home.
- Create a simple rule sheet. Hand out the rules at the beginning and tell the children to follow them if they are old enough to read and use them. If they are younger, share this with a few parents and chaperones, and ask them to help with the rules. Here are some things to consider: any off-limits places or places where there are definitely no clues, where to turn in clues or what to do if you get lost, emergency contact numbers if someone gets lost. Any time limit or time to get back home, even if you haven’t «won» yet.
Writing different types of clues
- Write rhyming clues. The classic key to treasure hunting is just a couplet or a few rhyming lines. They can be simple, such as «We are always together, one black and one white, you only meet us when the food is too bland and you want to add a little flavor and spice» (this is salt and pepper)
- Use pictures as clues. Draw or photograph the places they need to find. This is a great tip for younger children as it allows them to move quickly. For an older audience, you can use vintage photos, satellite imagery, or very close-ups for more challenging hunting.
- Include games in some stages, giving a hint only after the game is over. This can be a good way to diversify the quest.
- Use secret codes or invisible ink to solve riddles. Allowing children to decide for themselves what to do with the «blank» clue. For children of any age, you can turn off all the lights in the room to keep it dark. Tell the children to look for the marker with flashlights or by feeling them.
- Hide clues in something «disgusting» or not interesting to explore. You can hide the clue in the spider terrarium or in the caterpillar bowl and have the kids dig in there. If you have waterproof tips, you can put them on the bottom of the pool so the kids can jump in and swim (if supervised). Anything that gets them moving and trying different things will be very fun and interesting.
- Review the multi-part prompts for adult participants. For example, you can buy cheap custom-made jigsaw puzzles online that you can print out with a hint. Then, at each smaller clue, you give a piece of the puzzle that adds up to reveal the final clue or secret. Other ideas include giving the letters in each clue as part of the word. The encrypted word is the password to another clue or the answer to open the last treasure. Thematic questions such as “the final answer is what connects all the other clues” or “the last clue comes from the first letter of all the other clues.”
- Include age-appropriate trivia, including popular characters and songs. This is especially interesting if you have a themed quest. For example, you might ask, «In which part of the house did Harry Potter live as a child?» which will make the kids scramble to the closet looking for the next clue. Be sure to check with some of the kids ahead of time so that these clues are actually relevant or can be answered!
- Use the map instead of the classic «hints». This goes well with multi-part puzzles or clues. Write a map with illustrations!
Where to hide clues and tasks
Of course, you can just tell the children that the key to the chest with gifts is hidden somewhere in the room, and they will search the whole room for you. The essence of the quest is to alternately guess the places where new passwords, scrolls, items are hidden.
These places are:
- household appliances (microwave oven, refrigerator, washing machine, bread maker, oven, etc.)
- «under carpet»
- interior items (vases, boxes, caskets, chests, paintings, etc.)
- magnets and souvenirs from different countries on which the name of the city is written
- multi-volume collected works (guess the volume number and pick up a hint there)
- Mailbox (Insanely recklessly go down to the first floor and open your box with the key when it comes to the last clue about gifts)
- suitcases and briefcases with combination locks
- bottle (even if it floats in the bath, than not the sea)
- balloons (they need to burst, of course)
- ice figures (in the New Year’s quest, I froze water in rubber gloves and balls, I got a whole bowl of ice blocks of various shapes. For the sake of getting clues, the children thawed it all under the tap in the sink)
- sand box to find small items
- wrapped candies
- hint/fortune cookies
- bulk storage jars
- live plant pots
- dishes on the festive table (a hint can be attached to the bottom of the plates)
Conducting a quest
- Inform guests in advance of the appropriate dress code. There is a big difference between preparing a child for an indoor quest or for a noisy walk in the woods. Since only you know all the steps, be sure to let people know what to wear. Make sure you take the weather into account, especially if you are outside. Can you keep hunting if it rains?
- Think of a fun way to give the children the first clue. The general idea is that the first clue somehow leads to another location, which has a clue leading to another location, and so on until they reach the treasure. But the first clue is usually given in an interesting way in a box or package, such as a “wax-sealed” envelope, a mini treasure box, a rolled-up note in a bottle, etc. Starting a game or challenge can be done, for example, from a contest or game. When they complete the challenge, they receive their first clue.
- Be readily available for help and advice if children get stuck. Children will quickly become frustrated if they get stuck on a clue. Come up with a few “backup” clues that will point the kids in the right direction if you notice they are getting anxious. Let maintainers know where the clues are so they can help too.
- Provide water, snacks and sunscreen, especially if the hunt is long and outdoors. The last thing kids will think about looking for clues is water and sunscreen. So keep this always on hand or leave a few water bottles around the perimeter. A couple boxes of candy bars and some fruit make for a great on-the-go snack. You can distribute them at the beginning or in the middle.
- Supervise children under 10 unless you live in a fairly small area. Small children shouldn’t be out alone unless you can keep an eye on them at all times. A buddy system where each child has at least one working partner will help them get through the hunt faster and safer.
- Congratulate everyone on the victory, you can also give additional cups, medals or other commemorative awards
I hope this guide on how to make a quest was interesting and useful for you. I tried to cover the topic as extensively as possible so that you can understand everything. And now you yourself know how to make a quest on your own! If you have anything to add or add, write it in the comments. Good luck!
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When to teach a child to read
There are early development studios where children are taught to read from the first years of life. However, pediatricians do not recommend rushing and advise starting learning to read no earlier than 4 years old, best of all — at 5–6. By this age, most children already distinguish sounds well, can correctly compose sentences and pronounce words. Therefore, most often parents think about how to teach their child to read, already on the eve of school.
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How to know if your child is ready to learn to read
Before you start teaching your child to read, you need to make sure that the child is ready and wants to learn. To do this, try to answer the following questions:
- Does the child know the concepts of «right-left», «big-small», «inside-outside»?
- Can he generalize objects according to these characteristics?
- Does he distinguish between similar and dissimilar forms?
- Is he able to remember and execute at least three instructions?
- Does he form phrases correctly?
- Does he pronounce words clearly?
- Can he retell a story heard or happened to him?
- Can he formulate his feelings and impressions?
- Can you predict the ending of a simple story?
- Does he manage to participate in the dialogue?
- Can he listen without interrupting?
- Can he rhyme words?
- Do the letters attract his attention?
- Does the child have a desire to independently examine the book?
- Does he like being read aloud to him?
If you answered “yes” to these questions, your child is ready and will soon learn to read correctly.
Methods for teaching reading
Most of the methods involve learning while playing so that the child is not bored and learns better.
For more than twenty years, these cubes have been introducing children to letters and teaching them how to compose words and syllables. They allow you to understand how vowels and consonants, deaf and voiced sounds differ. There are 52 cubes in total, each of which depicts warehouses (combinations of a consonant and a vowel). The cubes vary in color and size, the large ones depict hard warehouses, while the small ones are soft. During classes, parents are encouraged to pronounce or sing warehouses so that the child remembers them better.
K ubiki Zaitsev
Vyacheslav Voskobovich’s “Teremki” and “Folders”
windows. You can put cubes in them to make syllables. And from several towers you can make a word.
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Skladushki is a book with pictures, educational rhymes and songs. Parents sing them and in parallel show the warehouses in the pictures. The author of the methodology claims that a child of six years old can be taught to read in a month using «folds».
A page from V. Voskobovich’s «folds»
This method of teaching a child to read is based on memorizing whole words, from simple to more complex. First, the child masters the first 15 cards, which the parent shows him for 1-2 seconds and pronounces the words on them. Then the child tries to memorize phrases. This technique helps not only to learn more words, but also develops memory well in general.
Maria Montessori’s method of teaching reading
The essence of the Montessori method is that the child is first asked to feel the writing of a letter, and then pronounce it. For this, didactic materials are used — cardboard plates with pasted letters, the outline of which the child traces with his finger, naming the sound. After studying consonants and vowels, you can move on to words and phrases. The Montessori method not only helps to learn to read, but also develops fine motor skills, logic, and the ability to analyze.
Montessori cards are easy to make yourself.
Olga Soboleva’s technique
The author of this technique believes that you need to start learning not from the abstract alphabet, but immediately in practice — by analyzing simple texts. The Soboleva program allows you to teach a child to read from the age of five — at this age, children are already able to keep their attention on a line of text. Different approaches are offered depending on how it is easier for a child to perceive the world — by eye, by ear or by touch. In addition to reading skills, the technique develops interest in creativity, imagination, attention and memory.
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How to teach a child to read by syllables
Teaching a child to read by syllables should be done in stages. First, explain to him that sounds are vowels and consonants, deaf and voiced. Say them with the child — he must understand how they differ. Letters and sounds can be learned while walking: draw your child’s attention to the letters on signs and announcements, and soon he will learn to recognize them.
When the child has mastered the letters and sounds, start teaching him to read simple words — «mom», «dad». Then move on to more complex ones — “grandmother”, “dog”, “apartment”. Show your child that syllables can be sung.
Syllabary for learning to read
Next, move on to word formation. You can cut cards with syllables and invite the child to make words out of them. When he gets comfortable, move on to reading short texts. It is better to start with two or three phrases, and a little later switch to texts of five to ten sentences.
To enroll in Foxford Online Elementary School, a child must have at least basic reading, numeracy and writing skills. To check the readiness of the child for school, we offer to pass a small test that does not require special preparation.
Exercises for learning to read
There are many exercises on the Internet that help children learn to read, you can print them out and start learning right away. Start with exercises that teach you to recognize letters and tell correct spellings from incorrect spellings.
From O. Zhukova’s manual “Learning to read. Simple Exercises.
When the child gets used to the letters, move on to the exercises for syllables. For example, like this:
Geometric prompt exercise. For greater clarity, blocks with words can be cut out.
Such exercises not only teach reading, but also develop logical thinking well:
Gradually move on to exercises where you need not only to read correctly, but also to write words:
One of the most difficult and entertaining exercises is fillords: you need to find and cross out the words on the field of letters.
Games for learning to read
With the help of cubes or cards with letters and syllables, you can play different educational games with your child. Let’s take a few examples.
Take a word of 3-4 syllables and place the cards in random order on the floor. Explain to the child how these syllables are read. These will be garages. Give the child different toys and offer to send them to the garage as you wish: for example, the car goes to the TA garage, the bear goes to the RA garage, the ball rolls to the KE garage, and so on. Make sure your child is positioning the toys correctly. At the end of the game, invite the child to make a word from garage syllables. Perhaps not the first time, but he will get a «ROCKET». Gradually introduce new syllables into the game.
Lay out images of various goods on the table — this is a store, and you are a seller. Give your child a stack of cards with syllables — they will function as money. The child needs to buy all the items in the store, but each item is only sold for the syllable it starts with. For example, fish can only be bought for the syllable «RY», milk — for the syllable «MO», and so on. Give your child a few extra cards to make the task more difficult. When he gets used to it, change the conditions of the game: for example, sell goods not for the first, but for the last syllables. The game is both simple and complex: it will allow the child to understand that words are not always spelled the way they are pronounced. After all, a cow cannot be bought for the syllable «KA», for example.
Game for several people. Give the children several cards with syllables. Take out the cubes with syllables one by one from the box and announce them. Whoever has a card with such a syllable — he takes it. The first person to complete all the cards wins. During the game, children will accurately remember the syllables that they had on their hands.
Finally, a few more tips on how to teach a child to read:
- It is better to start teaching children to read by memorizing letters. It is important that the child can recognize and name them without hesitation.
- In the early stages, pronounce consonants the way they are read in words: not [em], [el], [de], but [m], [l], [d] — this way it will be easier for the child to find his bearings.
- Sculpt letters from plasticine, draw and color, buy an alphabet with voice acting — use all the channels of the child’s perception.
- Gradually join the letters into syllables and then into words. Play rearranging letters and syllables, let the child experiment.
- Teach your child rhymes about the letters of the alphabet, look at the primer, use cards with letters and pictures. Thanks to the illustrations, the child will be able to memorize the symbols faster.
- Distribute the load: fifteen minutes a day is better than an hour twice a week. Alternate entertaining and serious tasks.
- You can hang signs with their names on objects in the child’s room — the child will quickly learn to recognize them in texts.
- Read aloud to your child regularly and gradually encourage independent reading. Every evening, offer to read at least a few lines from a well-known book on your own.
- Lead by example. For a child to want to learn to read, he must regularly see you with a book.
We hope that our recommendations will help you teach your preschooler to read. Even if your child is just learning to read, at Foxford Elementary School he will be able to improve his skills.
English alphabet for kids: simple and interactive
Just starting to learn English? The child will be carried away several times more if you start learning with interesting things. Learn the letters of the English alphabet with your favorite characters, learn interesting facts from the world of the alphabet (do not miss “Step 3”) and train your visual memory. We join hands and together we set off to travel the world of the English alphabet. Reade set Go!
While you are carefully examining the panda and mentally stroking the cat, we write down the basic information for you:
There are 26 letters in the English alphabet: 20 consonants and 6 vowels.
We assure you, learning the language will be easy, because the alphabet is similar to the Latin alphabet.
If you are worried that it will be difficult for a child to learn all the letters, there is one reassuring fact: back in the 20th century, there were 29 letters in the English alphabet. Agree, it’s already easier for us, three letters less 🙂
One tricky letter — Y — in some cases can mean both a vowel and a consonant. Tag it right away so you don’t forget.
But the letter E is the most active, because it occurs more often than others.
Let’s also remember the turtle letter — Q, because it is the least used.
In order to facilitate the process of memorization — save yourself a picture, invent associations and take a 10-minute break two or three times a day: repeat letters and words.
We have 10 minutes to fully immerse ourselves in the world of the letters of the English alphabet.
(Warning, there is a very nice voice in the video 🙂 )
Three tips for making good use of time:
— first listen to the entire alphabet;
— then focus on the words for each letter;
— repeat all the letters for the third time with the child.
After you’ve worked hard, it’s time to relax a bit and listen to a song. You will not notice how you yourself begin to sing along. We are already starting… A, B, C, D, E, F, G…. And now all together, iiiiii!
To consolidate your knowledge of the English alphabet with pronunciation — click on the next video , repeat and maybe even dance. Fun and educational, for you and for the child!
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So that you can practice pronunciation and memorize letters in an interactive way, we share a wonderful find — a selection of «English alphabet — songs». Here you are waiting for: 50 minutes (you can share and watch one song per evening), cartoon characters, 13 funny songs.
An indispensable thing for a good mood when studying.
We offer you to slightly expand your “letter” horizons of the English alphabet for children. We do not often think about the history of letters, their former spelling or origin. You can use this information to interest the child and increase his perseverance 🙂
«A» — we have already said that the English alphabet comes from the Latin alphabet. So, in ancient Egypt, the letter “A” was slightly upside down and looked like horns.
“B” — once some fan (not otherwise) of the English language conducted an experiment: he decided to write all the numbers in letters and imagine that the letter “B” was found only in the word “billion”, and this is “billion”!
«C» — Benjamin Franklin wanted to simplify the language altogether, so he first wanted to remove the letter «C» and replace it with a letter from his imagination.
«D» is a warning letter, because the military uses it in the conditional designation of incursions.
«E» — we already wrote that it is the most active and is present in 11% of the words of the English language.
“F” — in the Bologna grading system (often found in universities), it denotes a grade of “1”, that is, a student is not allowed to take the exam.
«G» — in ancient Rome, the letters «C» and «G» were separated, but before that period it denoted a camel.
«N» — it took thousands of years for the British to love her, originally she was pronounced «hitch» and «hatch», very similar to the popular today «hate» — «hate».
“І” is the very famous “i” – “and” with a dot, and the dot turns out to have a name – a diacritical mark.
“J” is a letter of Italian origin, the last letter to be added to the English alphabet.
«K» — whatever it is, a sports letter; in baseball there is a phrase «to struck out» (make a strikeout), so in this sport they decided to designate «strike» — the first letter of the word.
«L» — and now about football, a long sports letter story 🙂 The US National Football League used Roman numerals to symbolize the number of the decisive match. But the embarrassment happened on the 50th anniversary match. The fact is that football fans denote “W” — win — victory; «L» — loss — defeat. So the members of the club thought that the designation “L” in this case could be regarded as a defeat and abandoned such a symbolic designation.
«M» — we love this letter for warming up the muscles of the face. Let’s check? And try to pronounce it without squeezing your lips? 🙂
“N” is an absolutely water letter; originally meant “nun” — a fish, and then an artistic vision appeared that the symbol N is a wave that breaks against a rock. You can try to draw.
«O» — in the English alphabet there is a quartet of letters that have taken on the mission of doubling at the beginning of a word. The letter «O» took the palm for the number of such words. For example, «ooky» means «scary».
«P» — and now a unique lesson in English for a child: we make a cake from letters. Like this? We didn’t know ourselves, but now we are sharing with you: the letter “P” is a cake, the vowels are “o”, “i”, “e”, “a”. And so, first the cake, then the cream, then the cake. What happened? «Pip», «pop», «pup». Check the meanings in the English dictionary, there are many options.
“Q” is a silent hidden letter of the English alphabet. The well-known dictionary — Oxford English Dictionary — conducted a study and the letter «O with a tail» occurs only once in 510.
«R» — remember how we learn the letter «r», such a long and extended «rrrrrr». The British thought so to themselves and because of the similarity with the growl of dogs, they called the letter “dog”.
«S» — suddenly it turns out that in the English alphabet one day there was a coup. The letter S existed for a long time under the name «long s» and was designated as «f». Only at the beginning of the 19th century did it become a full-fledged letter with a beautiful designation. The old version can be found in the manuscript of the US constitution.
«T» — what does this letter look like to you? We thought about it and came up with it and realized that it was a T-shirt with sleeves. And this is the correct answer! In English, this is how the T-shirt is written. By the way, have you heard about the author of The Great Gatsby, Francis Fitzgerald? He was the first to use this word in one of his short stories.
«U» — the letter is very similar to «V» and, it turns out, not by chance. They both meant both a vowel and a consonant. In the 16th century they were separated and «u» became only a vowel.
«V» — English is diverse and secret, as we see. For example, this letter is always pronounced in any word. Unlike Z or J.
“W” — back in the 7th century, the letter was written as “uu”. Surprisingly, not “vv”, but the pronunciation has remained and we always learn this letter as “double-u”.
“X” — we say “thank you” to Rene Descartes, because in mathematics the X axis will be the first to be learned and it will be easier for the child, because he learned the letter in English.
“Y” — the letter is considered a semi-vowel, it is pronounced differently in different words: yell (shout) — is pronounced with air interruption and the sound is like a consonant; but in the word myth (myth) — a completely open sound.
«Z» — no one knows how it happened, but in the Greek alphabet the letter was the seventh, but now it closes the list of letters in the English alphabet.
Now each letter is like an open book for us. And it is true! So much history and lived events in seemingly ordinary letters.
Hurry up and share your find with the kids!
Before we offer you a selection of beautiful and memorable pictures about the English alphabet — we offer you some fascinating facts about the English language (pay attention to point 3) .
1. All airlines in the world communicate in English — it is the official language for the entire aviation world. Feel free to teach your child phrases for airports, they will definitely be understood there.
2. Just imagine: while you were reading our material, a new word appeared in the English language. 4000 new words per year! English is the most common language for communication in the world and all these novelties of technology and the information world do not bypass it.
3. William Shakespeare can rightly be called the father of the English language. Still, he came up with close to 1000 new words.