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Thank You, First Responders

Take a moment today to write a letter of thanks the first responders of your community. These unsung heroes deserve our thanks and appreciation. Encourage someone today!

Giving Directions: Writing a “How-To” Essay

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By Jennifer Swanson Directions. We follow them every day. Some of them are things we’ve just learned to do. But other directions need more explanation. How do you ride a skateboard? Or make cupcakes? You read the directions. A How-To” essay is simply an article that tells people how to do something. But are reading […]

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 […]

Inspired by History

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By Michelle Lynn Senters- As a writer, I seek inspiration from the world around me. Nature. Relationships. Observations. People. Events. The study and appreciation of world leaders, those influential men and women who used their lives for the good of others, is a powerful tool for writers. Today is World Nelson Mandela Day. Nelson Mandela (shown […]

Family Stories

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 Family Stories I sat close to my Grandmother as she embroidered a bird on a fabric napkin. “Watch how I use a knot to make the bird’s eye,” she said. I studied her fingers as she pushed the needle through the material, lifting and turning and pushing again until an eye appeared on the bird. I looked at my grandmother […]

Narrative Nonfiction: Telling a Story with Facts


It’s finally happened. You have to write a story based on a nonfiction event or idea. Sound boring? Not so fast. While a nonfiction story MUST use real facts, there is no reason it has to be boring. Narrative nonfiction is one category that makes a big splash in libraries, schools, and even wins a lot of […]

The Nuts and Bolts of Writing a Lab Report


by Jennifer Swanson- You have just finished your first science lab. Hooray!  Hopefully, it was exciting and allowed you to experience science in action. Did you make a solution that changed colors? Did you figure out how much energy is in a peanut? Or maybe you dropped objects off a high place and studied the […]