I think we are all born to be writers. We have ideas, feelings, dreams, and stories inside our heads. The trick is to get them on paper in an organized way that allows the reader to understand those thoughts.
The goal of educators is to get students to a level of proficiency in writing so that students can convey their thoughts clearly and effectively.
Check out the following resources:
- Newsela– get free access to reading articles and have your child write about it.
- MPS Online Learning page
- Wisconsin Department of Instruction ELA standards (Reading, Writing, Speaking & Listening)
- Khan Academy– Free online classes for all grade levels, all subjects.
- How to Get Kids to Love Writing
- Writing prompts by grade level
- Writing Lessons and Activities for Every Grade
- Early Elementary Writing Prompt worksheets
- 7 Fun Writing Activities for the Reluctant Writer
- K-12 Reader Writing Prompt worksheets
- Reading and Writing Resources
- Student writing models–see sample grade-level writing models.
- Handwriting practice–on this site you can make different worksheets.
There are different kinds of writing– writing emails, text messages, writing directions, a lab report, writing out an explanation for a math problem, poetry, short stories, a thank you note, etc.
Consider creating a thematic unit– combining reading, science, social studies, math and writing all under the umbrella of a theme. For example,
Children can write about what they know about the subject, what they want to learn and what they learned afterward (KWL). Have your child keep a journal of what they are learning and what they are interested in learning more about.