Weekly Writing Lessons

WELCOME TO WEEKLY WRITING LESSONS!

When I teach my year round writing camps, I give the SAME writing lesson to students ages 5-11 at the SAME TIME.  You, the parent, can do the same at home with your multi-aged children.

Here’s how it works!

Each lesson will have 5 sections.

K-1st Graders should try to write 1 sentence for each section

 2nd Graders should try to write 2 sentences for each section

3rd Graders should try to write 3 sentences for each section

4th Graders should try to write 4 sentences for each section

5th Graders should try to write 5 sentences for each section

Students can write with pen

Tell your children, “You get to write with a pen.  Your first draft is your final draft.  Don’t worry about mistakes.  If you write something you don’t like, simply draw a line through it and keep going.  Don’t make a big storm cloud over your mistake.”

Time:

Set 30-60 minutes aside for your child/children to complete the lesson.

Spelling:

Encourage your children to ask you how to spell words that they want to use.

It’s okay to tell them how to spell words, especially if they’re high frequency words.

Also, encourage them to write the sounds that they hear in big words or less common words.  This might mean that they will misspell the word.  That’s okay.  Being able to hear separate sounds in words is a very important skill.

Capitalization and Punctuation:

When conducting these weekly writing lessons, remind your children to start each sentence with a capital letter and to end each sentence with a period, exclamation point or question mark.  Kindly remind your children in places that they forget these.

Writing:

Guide your children through each section so their story is organized and complete.  They are free to write each section using their own words.   

Location:

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Image by Jason Goh from Pixabay 

In the beginning, when you are first introducing these weekly writing lessons with your children, I suggest meeting at the kitchen table.

As time goes on, however, and your children grow increasingly confident in writing all 5 sections, allow them to go to separate and special spaces throughout the house.

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Image by smackmark0 from Pixabay

WEEKLY WRITING LESSONS

Each Wednesday, I will add a new lesson below. If you ever have any questions, feel free to subscribe to my FREE newsletter (top right of this page). You’ll receive new ideas regularly and can communicate with me via email there. Keep your kids writing while in quarantine!

Lesson 15: One Magic Seed-Fairy Tale

Townspeople fight and feud over watermelons year after year. Who will eventually find the magic seed?

Add a super simple art accent to go along with the story!

Lesson 14: Concrete Poems

Children form an image using words and phrases. These poems contain free verse so children don’t need to worry about writing complete sentences or punctuation.

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Lesson 13: Never Ending Syrup Sundae-Instructions

The syrup never ends! Children invent a machine and write an instructional manual about it.

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Then, have them complete a super simple art accent to show off their machine:

weekly writing lessons, ice cream border

LESSON 12: Father’s Day Friendly Letter

Guide your child in writing a detailed letter to their dad or grandpa!

weekly writing lessons, letter to dad
Image by Bob Dmyt from Pixabay 

LESSON 11: Let’s Get Building! Opinion Writing

Summer time is fast approaching. What better way for kids to spend it than hammering in some nails! Students choose a building project, complete it, then write their opinion about the process!

(P.S. From the writing instructor herself….if you can’t make time for the writing, do be sure and make time for the building. It’s so worth the time and effort to teach this hands on skill!)

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These super simple building projects are great for ages 4-12 and create a sturdy product that can last them a lifetime! Click on one of the following building projects to find the instructions:

4 Tier Multipurpose Shelf

weekly writing lessons, building a shelf

Super Simple Shelf

weekly writing lessons, building a simple shelf

A Beginner Builder’s Book Box

LESSON 10: The African Savanna: Descriptive

The African savanna intrigues and interests almost every student that I work with. There are so many animals in the savanna that kids love, such as lions, elephants, cheetahs, giraffes…As a result, there’s a lot for kids to write about in this descriptive writing prompt!

Have your child add an easy art accent to the border of their writing. Find African animal art accent ideas here!

Giraffe Border

LESSON 9: Any Animal Axilotl to Z: Non-Fiction

What’s an axolotl? I had no idea until my son told me about one. Talk with your kids. Find out what wonky animal they know of. Then, have them write facts about it to teach you more!

An axolotl: by Tinwe from Pixabay

LESSON 8: Exhausted Electronics–Science Fiction

Our electronics are wiped out and want a vacation! This is a great lesson for practicing dialogue and writing Science Fiction

LESSON 7: Gumball Machine–Instructions

LESSON 6: Two Honey Bears: Non-Fiction

Find the full lesson here!

This is a great lesson that includes 3 short videos, a non-fiction writing prompt and a taste of honey!

LESSON 5: Diamante Poem: From Here to There

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Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay
AND/OR

Since diamante poems are short and sweet, have each member of the family write one about him or herself.

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Image by Виктория Бородинова from Pixabay 

LESSON 4: Grumpy Grass–Fictional News Article

writing while in quarantine, green grass fictional news article
Image by PublicDomainPictures from Pixabay 

Encourage your child to complete a Green Grass Art Accent around the border of his or her writing.

LESSON 3: Spring Time Friendly Letter

writing while in quarantine, spring friendly letter
Image by matlevesque from Pixabay 

Encourage your child to complete an easy Easter Art Accent around the border of his or her writing. Use marker, glitter glue, glitter, stickers, white crayon and watercolor, whatever you have at home!

LESSON 2: Two Favorite Foods-Creative Story

writing while in quarantine, favorite foods story
Image by Susanne Jutzeler, suju-foto from Pixabay 

Encourage your child to add an easy art accent around the border of his or her writing. Look what you can do with markers alone!

LESSON 1: My House During Quarantine

writing while in quarantine, describe home
Image by Виктория Бородинова from Pixabay 
Keep your kids writing while in quarantine!