Educational Resources: Writing
Learning new ways to improve writing skills can be fun and easy with a few simple tips, tools and strategies. Children will benefit from creative writing when they are able to release creative energy, use self-expression, foster imagination, enable thought-processing and out of the box thinking. Language skills, a stable emotional development, pride and fun come with the increasing use of writing.
Writing is the process of forming signs or letters to represent ideas, symbols or words. This form of communication can be dated back to the Stone Age where rocks were used to etch messages and expressions to others called petroglyphs. About 4,000 years ago Egyptians used a script called hieroglyphs to write on papyrus, stone, tombs, and temple walls.
Writing has changed over the centuries, but one thing remains, how children first develop writing skills as an infant. Before a child can write, or pre-write, a toddler may make lines, strokes, and shapes in a particular sequence. Babies will scribble and then make circles, lines and shapes appear before letters can be formed. Around age 2, children imitate vertical lines and by age 2 ½, they make horizontal lines and circles. At age 3 ½, children will make the cross shape and by age 4, squares are being drawn. Around the age of 4 ½, children show making left and right diagonal lines and by age 5, children can make an x and a triangle.
As children become school age, the ability to write is taught by teachers at every level of school. The prewriting phase in elementary school shows that it is important to plan your writing. The writing phase states to write your first draft and the revise phase is the ability to change your writing to improve upon it. The edit phase is the part to check your writing and the publish phase is where you share your writing.
When students’ use this progress through middle and high school, students will still use the fundamentals of the writing process, but at a higher level. The prewriting process is the brainstorm and organize ideas area where you think about what you want to write about and create an action plan for ideas.
The drafting phase is where the use of ideas is needed to write a rough draft. This may include writing the main idea and supporting details to create the body of the writing. The revision phase is where students can make changes to improve the writing. This phase is where other students may give feedback on the writing and where descriptive words are added to make the sentences more appealing and detailed.
The fourth phase or editing phase is where proofreading and correcting the mistakes appears. This phase is where the writing is reread and checked for complete sentences, grammatical errors or sentence fragments. The publishing phase is where the student writes and makes the final copy. The final phase is where the paper is ready to choose the font, style and type of paper to use. This phase is where the paper is shared for others to view.
- Writing tips are important when conveying messages. Here are some things to keep in mind.
- Choose a title that is interesting and do research about the topic.
- Organize the ideas before getting started.
- Use your own style when writing and add interesting information to the writing.
- Stay on topic and use appropriate grammar.
- Choose appropriate words to convey thoughts.
- Revise, reread, and enjoy.
- Remember the order of a paragraph is a topic sentence, detail 1, detail 2, detail 3 and the conclusion.
Check out this list of websites and resources to use on Writing!
The Latest on Writing & Publishing Books for Children & Teens from Write for Kids
Writing Resources Dedicated to Readers that are Young from The Library of Congress
Launching Young Writers from Reading Rockets
Book Review Writing from Mensa for Kids
Elementary School Writing Apps and Websites from Common Sense Education
A Child Becomes a Reader: Proven Ideas From Research For Parents from the National Institute for Literacy
Every Child is a Writer: Understanding the Importance of Writing in Early Childhood by the Institute for Child Success
NASA Kids’ Club from NASA
Parent and Afterschool Resources for Language Arts from Read Write Think
Watch: Writer’s Club for Kids from PBS
Watch: Teaching Writing from Reading Rockets
Watch: Your kindergartner’s writing under Common Core Standards from Great Schools
Supporting your child’s reading and writing at home Reading 101: A Guide for Parents from Reading Rockets
School Rules! Writing Ideas, How-to’s, and Tips to Make You A Whiz With Word by Emma MacLaren Henke
Career Ideas For Kids Who Like Writing by Diane Lindsey Reeves
Sharpen your Report Writing Skills by Jennifer Rozines Roy
Writing Fantastic Fiction by Jennifer Joline Anderson
Teach Terrific Writing [grades 4-5] by Gary Robert Muschla
You Wouldn’t Want to Live Without Writing! by Roger Canavan
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