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Online Writing Resources for Students

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Explore Summers Past and Present (Grades 5-10)

Have fun sharing favorite summer memories. In this activity, children think about their own memories and answer questionsbefore asking the same questions of someone older.

Biography Writing(Grades 3-12)
Create a Career Blog(Grades 7-12)

This activity invites children and teens to explore various careers and then write about what they might want to be when they grow up in a blog.

Writing a Book Review(Grades 3-12)
Creating Comics and Cartoons (Grades 3-5)

Using published comics and cartoons as examples, children can create their own while playing with images and language.

Comics and Graphic Novels (Grades 6-8)

Instead of creating traditional book reports or writing summaries, get “graphic” by creating a comic book or cartoon adaptation of the major scenes from the books.

Descriptive Writing(Grades 3-12)
Fairy Tales and You(Grades 3-5)

Children will draw on their knowledge of story structure and fairy tales to write their own.

Folktale Writing(Grades 3-12)
Write Letters to Friends and Family (Grades 6-8)

Invite young adults to write letters to classmates, postcards from travels, and e-mails to family and friends.

A Trip to the Museum:From Picture to Story(Grades 6-8)

Visit a museum or art gallery (either online or in person) with children and teens, helping them find inspiration for a story based on a piece of art that they particularly enjoy or relate to.

Telling My Story: Make a Bio-Cube (Grades 3-5)

Let children explore an interesting subject—themselves. An online tool will teach them to summarize and organize information as they write.

Mystery Writing(Grades 3-12)
Myth Writing (Grades 3-12)
Explore and Write aboutNature (Grades 3-5)

In this activity, children look closely at living things in their natural environments and then make books about what they see.

News Writing (Grades 3-12)
Read All about It: Neighborhood News(Grades 3-5)

Children enjoy sharing their thoughts, ideas and opinions in talking with others. Encourage them to write these down and more to share in a neighborhoodnewspaper!

Write a Gem of a Poem(Grades 5-8)

Learn about diamante poems, and then consider the idea of cause and effect before working it into the diamante poem format.

Read and Write aboutPoems

The largest collection of poetry for kids on the internet

Write Shape Poems(Grades 3-5)

Use shape poems, or poems that look like the things they describe, as a fun way to introduce children to poetry.

Poetry Writing (Grades 3-12)


Write “Moving” SportsPoetry (Grades 3-5)

We've all heard the expression “poetry in motion”—this activity gets children writing poems about grace and movement using photos of athletes.


Make a Magnetic Poetry Set (Grades 5-10)

Let children practice using different types of words in a fill-in-the-blank-story game before making their own word list for a magnetic poetry set.


Explore Point of View in Fairy Tales (Grades 5-8)

Explore fairy tales told in both old and new ways and use an online tool to help children create their own “fractured” version of a fairy tale.

Write a Recipe (Grades 3-5)

Use recipes to help children practice reading and writing step-by-step instructions. Have them sample the results to see how they did.

That Sounds Fun!Sound Words and Sports Poetry (Grades 6-8)

In this activity, children and teens use their experiences playing or watching sporting events (or other types of outdoor games) to write poems that are full of the sounds of the games.


Speech Writing(Grades 3-12)


Story Starters (Grades K-6)


Design a Travel Brochure (Grades 6-8)

Invite children and teens to create a travel brochure to share information about a special place with others.


MyTube: Make a Video Public Service Announcement(Grades 7-12)

Invite teens to explore issues that are important to them, and then write a script and film a video public service announcement.

Celebrate Heroes(Grades 6-8)

Encourage children to spend a little time thinking and writing about just what makes a hero and who their personal heroes might be.



Writing Activities(Grades K-12)

This site, from Discovery Education, provides writing, mechanics, and grammar resources by grade level







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