Summer Vacation- DISASTER

Copy of What's Your Problem?

Writing Prompt Use your imagination to dream up the perfect vacation. Who are you vacationing with? Where are you going? How did you get there? What activities did you plan? Insert a terrible problem. (Look at the photos below for ideas.) What problem got in the way of your perfect vacation? How did everyone react? […]

Giving Directions: Writing a “How-To” Essay

giving directions

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 […]

Inspired by History

inspired by history

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 […]

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 […]