Vacation for Santa


 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


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


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 […]

Unexpected Friends

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By Michelle Lynn Senters Today, we have a fun writing prompt and an opportunity to publish  your story on KIDS ARE WRITERS. FRIENDSHIPS Some friendships come easy. We laugh alike. We sound alike. We look alike. We eat the same foods, speak the same language, and laugh at the same jokes. While these friendships are […]

Brain Boosting Superpower

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By Michelle Lynn Senters- Today, we are going to find our BRAIN BOOSTING SUPER POWER! Now, before you think this is kids stuff, let me assure you that the following activity is great for both kids and adults. What Makes KIDS ARE WRITERS DIFFERENT? Like school and other writing programs, KIDS ARE WRITERS teaches writing […]

Story Elements: SETTING

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By Michelle Lynn Senters- Little Red Riding Hood is a European folktale, first published by Charles Perrault in 1697. Brother’s Grimm published a happier version of the tale in the early 1800’s. Click here to read versions by Perrault, Brother’s Grimm and other early writers. To see modern examples of Little Red Riding Hood, click here. SETTING In […]

My Brother, the Superhero


By Michelle Lynn Senters- Consider the quote and respond with writing. Siblings are GREAT subjects for stories and journal entries. Does your brother or sister have a “superpower”? Is your sibling a hero? Tell a story or write a paragraph (fiction or non-fiction) about a superhero brother or sister. You may share your writing in the […]

Who Did It? A Lesson in Perspective

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By Michelle Lynn Senters- A NARRATOR tells a story from his or her point of view or perspective. Determine who is telling the story above: dog, girl, or an observer (parent, sibling, friend). Write in FIRST-PERSON, meaning the narrator is giving a personal account about what happened. First-person point of view uses the words “I” and “we”. Include […]