Naming Characters

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By Sophia Mallonée- The names of your characters are just as important as the characters themselves. What’s in a name? Names can give the reader an idea of the background of your character, the location (where in the world) they are from and a sense of the character’s overall identity. A memorable character, usually has […]

A Love Story

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By Michelle Lynn Senters- Writers use “love” as a central theme in many stories because it is a common human experience. Think about ways in which you have seen or experienced love. What have you learned? What is important to you? What does your heart long for? ACTIVITY Explore the photos below. How is love shown in each […]

Sources of Inspiration

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By Michelle Lynn Senters- This week, we continue to train our brain to think like a writer. Today, you will learn how to transform a life story (true experience from your life or from someone you know) into a fictional story. Think about the stories of your life. Think about the pictures in your photo […]

Missing Cookies

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By Michelle Lynn Senters- ACTIVITY Watch the following KIDS ARE WRITERS “movie trailer” and write a mystery. Title: The Missing Cookies Characters: Detective Boy, Little Sister, Baby Sister, Mom, Dad, Dog Setting: Home Plot: Someone is stealing all the cookies from the cookie jar. Who could it be? Detective Boy is on the case. CHECK-IN In […]

Dragon Stories

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By Norma Atwood- For your next writing adventure, I’ve drawn several dragons to inspire you. Click the image to print.       ACTIVITY Choose one of the dragons to write about. Develop their character. Choose a name. If you want to print a copy of your dragon, click the picture and print. Decide on the […]

Superhero Comic Strip

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By Michelle Lynn Senters- Yesterday, you created a new superhero. Click here to review prompt. You thought about the following details: Who- Is your superhero a boy, girl, man, woman, alien, or animal? What is their name? Costume- What does your superhero wear? What are their signature colors? Superpowers- What is your character’s superpower or special ability? […]

A New Hero

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  By Michelle Lynn Senters- Hello, Super Writers! It’s time for a new hero, don’t you agree? Answer the following questions to develop your character. Tomorrow, you will write and draw a comic strip about your superhero. ACTIVITY Develop your superhero by answering the above questions. Draw some sketches of your superhero doing different things: saving someone, […]

Vacation for Santa

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 WRITE A STORY FOR CHILDREN Children loves stories in which a familiar character does something unusual. Today, you will write a children’s story about Santa’s vacation. Just consider the possibilities! STORY BASICS Title: (Choose your own title) Audience: children, ages 4-8 Character(s): Santa Claus (Mrs. Claus, elves, reindeer, etc.) Problem: Santa Claus is tired of […]

Fables- Aesop Style

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By Michelle Lynn Senters- Today, we are writing a fable in the style of Aesop. A fable is short story that conveys a moral, a lesson in proper conduct. Most fables use personified animals (animals that speak and act like humans) as their main characters, but humans and inanimate objects are also used. Aesop was a Greek […]

Internal Dialogue- Exposing the Thoughts of Your Character

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By Michelle Lynn Senters- Today, we are talking about internal dialogue- the thoughts and conversations inside the mind of a character. When I saw the following video, I immediately thought of internal dialogue. The video was made by flying a drone and camera INSIDE a fireworks display. Watch the video and see if you can make […]

Character Study

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By Michelle Lynn Senters KIDS ARE WRITERS is going vintage today. As a writer, I use old photographs to study character. I choose a photo and study the setting, clothing and expression on their face. I imagine their life, what they want, and how they feel. This study often leads to new story ideas. Activity […]

Invent a Holiday

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By Michelle Lynn Senters- For those of you who live in the United States, Happy 4th of July! This is the day we celebrate our independence with fireworks, picnics, music, and family time. Have you ever wanted to CREATE your own holiday? As a child, I invented the “Michelle Gets Everything She Wants Day” and […]