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Writing Lesson Plans
National Novel Writing Month (NanoWriMo) offers lesson plans for each grade level. These writing worksheets and lessons can be used throughout the year and for teaching students to write shorter works of fiction.
Discover how to teach children to create well-developed characters, plots and settings. Help them to share their imaginative worlds with the class and their parents.
Teach students how to create plots, well-developed characters and dialogue. They can begin by learning storytelling which will evolve into creative writing.
Provide adolescents with information about conflict, elements of plot and writing good dialogue. Encourage students to keep using their imaginations as they grow up.
Teach high school students to create well-developed characters and conflict. Inspire students to use their writing skills to create beautiful prose and complex plots.
These guides help teachers reach classes of various ages with writing techniques.
Show students how their five senses can be used to help readers understand what their characters are experiencing. Have them practice writing descriptions for taste, touch, smell, sight and hearing.
Young writers will learn to let readers get to know their supporting characters. What are their dreams and fears?
Teach students to write dialogue that moves a story forward, increases tension and reveals characters’ relationships to each other.
Help students discover the various stages of plot and give each person the opportunity to create his/her own. Explains the six elements of plot including set-up, inciting incident, rising action, climax, falling action and resolution.
They also offer workbooks for scriptwriting! Elementary, Middle School and High School teachers will find activities to help guide students through the first step in making movies.
Creative Writing Prompts
If you would like to help students form writing topics then click on the links below. They offer pictures and situations intended to spark imaginations.
Writing Prompts Students will be given a story topic and a corresponding picture. Be prepared to stretch their creativity!
Writer’s Digest Your class will experience adventures as they develop stories for the events described on this website.
Teaching Ideas Each of these pictures will help your students create a thousand words (or more) of a story. A short question about each photo is provided to get them started.
Every Photo Tells a Story Help students delve into the beautiful artwork shown on this site by having them use the photos and paintings to begin writing.
Easy Literacy Provides pictures that will help children create short stories with their parents.
Easy Literacy 2 Guides students through picture prompts that are useful in thinking of stories.