Dictionary Skills Review It is time to get back to basics and help our kids learn to use a dictionary! I am troubled by the number of young people who do not know what guide words and pronunciation keys are. I suppose that in this time of online dictionaries and audio pronunciation tools, some folks believe a physical dictionary is a relic. My tattered relic is prominently displayed in my home and is visited often by both young and old. I have created this language arts worksheet as a very brief activity to encourage students to use and become familiar with a physical dictionary. Pictures and Images as Writing Prompts Can anyone think of a better way to start a new week than with a lovely picture writing prompts? I sure do love these type of writing prompts, they are quite possibly my favorites, because a picture can sometimes tell us so much more than words could. Words get misunderstood, but pictures cannot lie. Anyway, the idea with this kind of creative writing exercises is that you are given a picture to look at, which should inspire you to write a short story, poem or piece of flash fiction based on what you see in it, and what you can imagine is going on beyond the edges of it. The picture writing prompt:
15 different types of journals to keep - darktea As the start of the new year approaches, people often think about starting a journal. There is no reason why you need to start a journal on the 1st January, but it is a popular time to start, perhaps because of preprinted diaries. If you are thinking of keeping a journal here are some ideas for the types of journals you could keep. Please consider subscribing to my blog to receive all my posts including journal writing. Time capsule This is a record of events that are important to you, for instance news or sports stories.
Proofreading Symbols and Abbreviations Common Proofreading Symbols Common Proofreading Abbreviations (The abbreviation would appear in the margin, probably with a line or arrow pointing to the offending element.) Journal Writing Topics A collection of journal writing topics, journal writing ideas and journal writing prompts to inspire you and get the creative juices flowing. Pick one for your creative writing journaling from the list of journal writing topics below. Journal writing topics to get you started A diet journal. Keep a daily dietary logbook. English Language Arts: Writing Prompts/Journal Topics What is... What is something you dislike about yourself? What is something you do well? What is your favourite room in your home and why?
a 6-Trait Writing Lesson inspired by The Twits by Roald Dahl Step one (reviewing showing versus telling by creating a writer's notebook page): Remind your students of the difference between showing and telling. Here is an example of each to review with your writers: The wind was cold. (telling sentences have linking verbs followed by an adjective) The icy wind whipped across my skin, making goose bumps appear. (showing sentences use action verbs to demonstrate the adjectives from the telling sentence) Writing Exercises Meredith Sue Willis Author and Teacher More Free Writing Exercises below and here : Exercises 1- 20 Exercises 21- 40 Exercises 41 - 60 Exercises 61-80 Exercises 81-100 Exercises 101 - 120 Exercises 121 - 140 Exercises 141 - 160 Exercises 161 - 180 Exercises 181 - 200 Exercises 201 - 240 Exercises 241 - 260 Point-of-View Characters Whose Gender Is Not Yours We had a discussion in my Advanced Novel Writing Class at NYU about the difficulty of capturing a character who is of a different gender from yourself. Writing about people unlike yourself– by race, ethnic group, age, and certainly gender or sexual preference– is always a big challenge, but also of great interest to a creative writer.
95 Questions to Help You Find Meaning and Happiness post written by: Marc Chernoff Email At the cusp of a new day, week, month or year, most of us take a little time to reflect on our lives by looking back over the past and ahead into the future. We ponder the successes, failures and standout events that are slowly scripting our life’s story. This process of self-reflection helps us maintain a conscious awareness of where we’ve been and where we intend to go.
THE ORIGINAL 365 DAY WRITING CHALLENGE LIST [updated] EDIT: The prompts do not have to be done in order (although I recommend it)--you just can't repeat the same prompt. I suggest doing them in order, as it's more challenging, but if you want to take it a bit easier on yourself, post the list of prompts in your member journal and cross them out as you do them. It will not affect the prize. 365 Pictures Daily Photo Prompts Generated for Your Creative Inspiration! Writing Prompts : 365 : 365 Creative Picture Prompts, Prompt-a-Day Generator One picture and text prompt per day to inspire your creative life. Visit again tomorrow for February 5, 2015 What would this settler feel if she/he could return from the past and see their homestead still standing?
119 Journal Prompts for Your Journal Jar There are a myriad of benefits to journaling, and everyone should consider keeping a journal. However, one of the obstacles that people face when they want to pick up the practice of journaling is that they don’t know what to write about. In this post you’ll discover 119 journal prompts to help you get started in keeping a journal, or as additional inspiration for dedicated journalers. I recommend that you do the following: Get a beautiful jar–it can be a canning jar, a mason jar, or any other jar you have in the house.Print out the prompts below on slips of paper.Place the slips of paper in the jar.Reach into your jar each day as you prepare to write in your journal and take out one of the prompts.Set your timer anywhere from 10 to 40 minutes, depending on how much time you have available for journaling.Write anything that comes to mind as you read each prompt and elaborate on each point as much as you can.
Daily Writing Prompts Writing Prompt 365 The End Write about new beginnings in your life that you eagerly anticipate. These writing prompts were an experiment in cultivating a habit and maintaining it for 365 days straight. Now, at the end of the year, I am concluding this portion of my journey and hope that you enjoyed it with me.