When Peace Walks Through the Door

Listen to one of our students from our Poetry Residency at Commodore Sloat Elementary in San Francisco read his piece “When Peace Walks Through the Door“.

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Why Not Write Wednesday? Snowman

Every Wednesday our creative writing prompt challenges you to pick up your pen and indulge your author self! 

Today’s prompt is about the snow.  Some places have lots and lots of snow right now.  A fun thing to do in the snow is build a snowman.  Have you ever built a snowman?  Did you add a hat, a nose, eyes or arms?  Did your snowman seem to have his own personality?  What would happen if your snowman was magic and came to life?

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Why Not Write Wednesday? President

Every Wednesday our creative writing prompt challenges you to pick up your pen and indulge your author self! 

Yesterday was President Obama’s State of the Union Address.  The State of the Union is the President’s chance to let the American people know about his/her goals & plans for the year.  What would it be like to be the President?  If you were President, would you make some new laws? Would you make your birthday a national holiday where no one has to go to school or to work?  Would you try to solve some of the world’s problems? Continue reading

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Why Not Write Wednesday? Hibernation

Every Wednesday our creative writing prompt challenges you to pick up your pen and indulge your author self! 

Today’s prompt is about winter and hibernation.  The weather has been chilly around the country and there is snow in the mountains.  The bears and other animals who hibernate are cuddled up in their dens sleeping the winter away.  Besides bears, many other animals hibernate too, including mice and frogs!  People don’t hibernate, but what if they did?  Continue reading

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Why Readers Become Writers

Want to inspire your child to write? Looking for a way to spark creativity?

 

WashPostimage by Laura LakewayWe recommend this article from the Washington Post by Joanne Yatvin, a past president of the National Council of Teachers of English. Most recently, Ms. Yatvin has written books about teaching reading and writing in mixed language classrooms. Her anecdote on using the same methodology as a high school teacher that she intuitively practiced with her young son resonated with the Take My Word For It! team. Loving writing frequently comes from loving stories – fairy tales, literature, storytelling…you name it!

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Happy New Year from our Next Chapter Club!

It is hard to believe that 2014 has come to a close. We had an exciting year with new cities, new schools, new camp partnerships & a new program, the Next Chapter Club! We’d love to end our year by sharing some pieces from our Next Chapter Club students – work from our new, virtual classroom!

From an exercise exploring the personification of clocks & “Frozen in Time”

I, Big Ben, was very tired of keeping time for the eccentric Londoners. I mean, seriously, when they named me, they didn’t know that I was actually a girl. So, one day, I made time stop by freezing my clock hands. It stayed six in the morning forever. One human child was yelling about how it must have been thirty minutes, but it was still sunrise. “Please can I play outside?” said a slightly older child. “I’m pretty sure you can,” said the mother. Continue reading

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Why Not Write Wednesday? New Years Eve

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An Ode to Ice Cream

Listen to Leila, a student in our Poetry Residency at Sloat Elementary, read her piece “An Ode to Ice Cream”. Thank you, Leila, for letting us share your work!

Leila Sloat Fall14 Ode to Ice Cream

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All In the “Time”-ing at Claire Lilienthal

This fall’s young writers at Claire Lilienthal Elementary explored time – time personified, the passage of time, time machines, “time” idioms and much more. We had a wonderful time with a large group of 3rd, 4th and 5th graders. Here are some of their writing projects (many of these pieces are early drafts that were later revised for our final reading this past week). Click on each picture to see the work in his/her own writing!

After reading an excerpt from a short story by Ursula Willis Jones: “The Time Sweepers“, students created their own time sweeper stories.

We explored idioms (time idioms were a highlight) & personification. Continue reading

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Why Not Write Wednesday? Hannukah

Every Wednesday our creative writing prompt challenges you to pick up your pen and indulge your author self! 

Today’s prompt is about Hannukah – There are eight candles (9 including the center candle, called the shamash) on the menorah.  In the spirit of the season of giving, come up with nine wishes or hopes you have for your family, your school and your world.

 

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