The Blank Page
It stares back at you, daring you to just try to type and your mind goes as blank as that page.
What do you do?
Somewhere handy — a Google Doc or your writing notebook, keep a list of ideas you could write about. Here are some suggestions to get you started:
- A “How To” about…
- The time my little brother…
- My 10 Favorite — [songs, movies, animals]
- How to train an alligator [hummingbird, shark, etc.]
- a new ending to a book or movie
- If I had a million dollars I’d
- My 10 rules
Writing with Writers
Do you have favorite authors or favorite books? Perhaps you could write like that author.
Or perhaps you could write your own version of a pattern-style picture book, like
- Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
- The Important Book by Margaret Wise Brown [sample student book too]
You could create it for the younger students in your school.
Scholastic provides several lessons with writers to help you develop your style:
- Poetry— three different poets: Jack Prelutsky, Karla Kuskin, Jean Marzollo
- Myth Writing with Jane Yolen and Folk Tales and Fairy Tales
Take a look at Scholastic’s other writing models for you too, here.
Sometimes we just need a pattern to follow. Here are a few places for examples:
- Poetry4Kids by Ken Nesbitt — scroll to “Poetic Forms”
- Read Write Think has poetry inter-actives to help you write poetry; save and write on your blog.
- Forms of Poetry [description and examples]
Other fun poetry activities here.
It’s National Poetry Month in April in the United States — you can write a poem a day! Join the fun!
Of course, we all know about those writing prompts— but some are fun. Here are a few sites to get you started this minute:
- ThoughtfulLearning: choose your grade level [or not]
- Emoji prompts [grades 4-12]
- New York Times Picture Prompts [grades 5-12]
- Pobble365 — picture prompt with text ideas [grades 4-12]
- Blog Post Idea Generator with Matthew Loomis [grades 4-12]
- JournalBuddies for First Grade
- When I’m Stuck [all ages]
What’s on Your Page?
You’re ready to write now! Let us know what’s on your page!