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Why Not Write Wednesday: Letter to Next Year's Student

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

For today's writing prompt, write a letter to the kid who will be sitting in your seat next year. Reveal some tips about your teacher, why your desk is the best to sit at and describe your favorite part of being in this classroom.

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Why Not Write Wednesday: School Year Memories

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

The school year is coming to a close. Do you have a memory that just needs to be written about? Did one of your teachers inspire you? How do you feel about moving on to a new grade? Capture one of these things (or something you choose) in writing.

 

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Read it Here First - Baseball Poetry!

The students in our 5th grade Poetry Residency at Sloat Elementary were asked to write about a place that holds meaning or memories for them. Samuel's meaningful place? The baseball diamond!

Baseball Field

by Samuel

Baseball starts in 
Spring
When fields are ready to be
Played on
And players are warming up
And baseballs are
Getting dusted
And baseballs hitting bats
Bang! Knock! Crack!
And gloves being worked out
And running players
With their legs sliding on to the 
Base
Trying to be safe
When the play has to be quick
Dugouts yelling and celebrating their
Win
Calls from the umpire fill the 
Air
Crowds excited for more
Plays
And so are the teammates
HOME RUN!

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Read It Here First - Place Poetry

All of the students in the Sloat 5th grade Poetry Residency at Sloat Elementary were asked to write about a place that holds great meaning or memories for them. For Winston that place was his mind!


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Why Not Write Wednesday: Far Away Places

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

For today, imagine you are stepping inside this picture. You are walking down the gravel path. What land are you in? Who owns the castle and why is it in ruins? Now use first person to write about an adventure in this far away land.

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Why Not Write Wednesday: Write for Mom!

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

Sunday is Mother's Day.  How about taking some time to write something special for your mom? Here are some ideas:

  • Write an acrostic poem using the word M-O-T-H-E-R. 

  • Write a thank you letter to your mom expressing your gratitude for all the things she does for you.

  • Write about a favorite or funny memory of your mother.

  • Finish this sentence in as many ways as you can think of: "My mother is a great Mom because…". Try using a different adjective each time: "My mother is a fabulous mom because …; "My mother is a one-of-a-kind Mom because…;" "My mother is a spectacular Mom because…." 

  • Imagine that you and your mom switched places and suddenly you became her Mom for a Day. What would that be like? Write about a day in her shoes.

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What can I expect from my child's first class?

Our goal is to establish a community of young writers who respect one another and feel safe sharing their work with the group. On the first day of class we collaborate to come up with a set of guidelines we all agree to follow during out time together. That's followed by a writing activity that helps us get to know one another better. Then we introduce the curriculum and dive into our imaginations!

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What is important about the Common Core & how does TMWFI's Curriculum address it?

The Common Core standards put an emphasis on three different kinds of writing: argument/opinion, informative/explanatory and narrative. Our classes allow students to not only explore these forms, but to experiment, without worrying about tests and other constraints. Comfort with formulating ideas in words, combined with a positive association with writing, better prepares kids for mastering the Common Core.

“Each year in their writing, students should demonstrate increasing sophistication in all aspects of language use, from vocabulary and syntax to the development and organization of ideas, and they should address increasingly demanding content and sources.”  – CoreStandards.org

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How Do I Know If a Creative Writing Class is Right for my Child?

We've found that even as early as third grade, kids believe they aren't strong writers or that writing isn't fun. We've designed classes to foster a positive relationship to writing that kids can carry into their professional lives. Research shows that 77% of professions require writing. "Take My Word For It!"'s mission is to make writing an adventure and to help kids feel comfortable with written communication of all kinds.

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Read It Here First - Playing with Poetry

The 5th grade students in our Poetry Residency were asked to "play with poetry" in the style of a group of French poets, called the OULIPO, known for their playful, experimental approach. 

 

Inside My Heart

Inside my heart 

I see

bumble bees break dancing

Inside my heart

I see worms climbing golf balls

Inside my heart

I see

future fish doing back flips

and eating french fries.

 

by 

Jack

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Why Not Write Wednesday: Poem in Your Pocket Challenge

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

It's the last Wednesday in April and tomorrow happens to be National "Poem in Your Pocket Day"! So you guessed it, today's challenge is to write a poem, carry it with you in your pocket and gift it to someone.

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Next Chapter Club - Spring Has Sprung, Again!

We are proud to share the next installment of 'Spring Has Sprung' by Charlotte, a member of our Next Chapter Club.  This piece is a great example of how vivid and beautiful imagery can really enhance a story.

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Spring Has Sprung! 

I flew as fast as my floral-scented gales could carry me, out of the falling fire-toned leaves, over beaches and sunny fields, and landed with a feeling of intense satisfaction. Nestling my wispy, small body into the blossoms on the biggest cherry tree I had blessed with Springtime, I giggled evilly. Clutched in my arms was a small burlap sack of apples. It was one of Autumn's magic items, for the tiny sack represented all of the apples in the world, the apples of Autumn. But now, apples were no longer hers. In fact, plump, crisp globes of fruit were beginning to pop up upon the usually barren apple trees, looking out of place among the tiny, pale green leaves. I bit into one and the tart, juicy flavor filled my mouth. It was perfectly ripe and delicious. But the best part? It was mine now!

t had been easy, really, stealing the apples. Summer was definitely the dumbest of the four of us, but Autumn wasn't the brightest, either. It was simply a matter of slipping through the window of her hut while she was busy painting leaves outside, charming open her enchanted wooden chest with a few simple birdsongs, grabbing the apples, and flying back home. 

My gleeful thoughts were interrupted by a sudden, harsh stream of air so cold that it dusted the petals on the tree with glittering crystals of ice. I shivered, and my normally cheerful face darkened. "What do you want, Winter?"

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The young, beautiful girl clad in many swathes of translucent fabric raised her slender eyebrows. "Autumn's thrown an absolute fit. Turns out someone stole her precious apples." Her milky eyes dropped to my hands, and a sick feeling churned in my stomach as a smug smile began to dominate her pale face. The sack of apples was still resting on my palms. "And I think I've found the culprit," she finished.

She grabbed my wrist brosquely, her bluish hair falling forward to reveal a pair of abnormally large, pointed ears, and in that moment it was perfectly clear to me what she was inside; a devilish demon with a heart of ice, that had no hope of melting anytime soon. "You're coming with me," she hissed. "The Faerie Board will be very happy to know the identity of the thief." 

Her wings fluttered so fiercely that I was wrenched off my feet and had no other choice but to follow her as she flew faster and faster beyond the realms of the Four Seasons.

 

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Read It Here First - Student Excerpts

Here are a few imaginative excerpts from our TMWFI! students at Thornhill Elementary. 

My Secret Is

My secret is made from the footsteps on the stairs,

the shadows on the windowsill of faces

The noises I hear around the room, of silent screams

I found it lying under the bed

waiting for me to take it

and hold it with me.

-Della

 

The New Home

Moving houses was the last thing I wanted to do. I wanted to stay in our old home with the warm red walls and the nice orange carpets. With the smell of fresh peaches and warm cinnamon muffins.

But now, I was stepping into a cold house with lime green walls, a rough brown carpet and instead of a nice peach-cinnamon muffin smell, there was that new paint-garage smell.

-Aisling

Ice Cream Dream

The Ice-Cream Dream flavor has been invented by award winning cook, April Y. Ear. It comes in any possible flavor you could ever wish for, and if you eat it right before bed, you will have amazing dreams. The ice-cream also comes in Ice-cream Dream Sandwiches and Ice-cream Dream Sundaes.

-Gulzar

I Am Found

I am found in a lightless world, a fearful world, a dead world.

-Gabby

 

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Why Not Write Wednesday: An Earth Day Poetry Challenge

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

Today is Earth Day. In keeping with our National Poetry Month theme, for today's prompt we'd like you to write a poem about the Earth. It can be a haiku, it can be alliteration or any other type of poem you like. Below is a poem by Emily Dickinson to inspire your writing.

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"Nature" is what we see—
The Hill—the Afternoon—
Squirrel—Eclipse— the Bumble bee—
Nay—Nature is Heaven—
Nature is what we hear—
The Bobolink—the Sea—
Thunder—the Cricket—
Nay—Nature is Harmony—
Nature is what we know—
Yet have no art to say—
So impotent Our Wisdom is
To her Simplicity.

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Read It Here First - Student Excerpts

Our 3rd and 4th grade students at Oakton Elementary have been busy writing adventurous and imaginative stories filled with Private Investigators, a minotaur, A man whose hands shoots out tornados and more. Read on if you dare!

 

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