While I think the more structured approach to literacy teaching we see in classrooms today makes learning more fun and accessible, my one worry is that there’s little time left for writing creatively.
When I was at school I adored writing stories – even stories with chapters and illustrations.
Encourage your child to look at some of the books they like to read and see how they begin in order to offer inspiration.
Once they’ve got all of these ideas in place, they can start writing.
Story starters that use language tricks like alliteration…It was damp, dark and dreadfully dusty when Molly entered the house.
Story openers that create tension…Molly could hear her heart beating faster than ever before. Stories that go straight into dialogue…“But I don’t want to go to school, Mummy,” groaned Molly.This would be an effective tie to a nonfiction reading unit.This student is not using any punctuation in her writing.Most children have a natural creative streak, but as anyone who has tried it knows, getting an idea out of your head and onto a piece of paper can be very challenging!In this section, I've provided a variety of printable templates and tips to guide children through making up their own stories.You could also try a great story-making app and get your child writing fiction on their tablet!Plus, find out how to support storytelling skills for children in EYFS, KS1, KS2 and KS3 to get them thinking about story elements, plot and character development.They can write a simple essay with a title and introductory sentence, provide examples and details that support their main concept, and write a concluding sentence. Read everything — trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. This student, and the rest of her classmates, could look at nonfiction text features and try to use them in their own writing (table of contents, captions with pictures, bold words, close-ups, diagrams with labels, an index).Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. This may motivate her to find more information about white sharks and think about how to organize it in a multi-page format.Second graders are polishing a wide range of basic writing skills, including writing legibly, using capitalization and punctuation correctly (most of the time!), and moving from invented spelling to more accurate spelling.