Steps to Success: Writing Activities for Kids in Elementary & Middle School

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Writing is the only academic subject that is also an art form and a powerful vehicle for authentic self expression!

 
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The Incite to Write curriculum emphasizes critical and creative thinking skills! It’s a highly motivating writing program that encourages students to explore their minds and get curious. It makes writing exciting because it engages them from the feet up in multi-dimensional activities that are active, hands-on and fun.Read more

 
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PROGRAM SUCCESS
Incite to Write is an approved educational program in several states, providing state-wide supplemental services under federal ED legislation. The Incite to Write program has helped thousands of students over the past 18 years improve their writing and communication skills in both written and spoken English. Students have learned to use the process of inquiry to sharpen their critical and creative thinking skills and become observant, curious and responsible participants in their education. Read More
 
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How To Encourage Creativity in Your Child: Part 5 In Part 4, you learned that your innate creativity informs many aspects of your life, and that the way we see and how we do things makes each one of us unique. You also learned what specific things you can do to encourage and strengthen creativity in your child. In the final part of this series, we’ll look at the most important role that creativity plays. Read More
 

Winter, 2017

IMG_0514 A new year is upon us, and with it comes new possibilities. I have been busy creating a new program, Storytellers & Writers, that combines the Incite to Write strategies with storytelling. It's a Dual Language program that recognizes and honors the rich contribution all our immigrants from all over the world are making to our country. Created as an after school program, it helps English Language Learners improve their English skills while they read stories from many different cultures, including their own. Students then learn to write and tell their own stories in both English and their native language, publish them in both languages, and then perform them in both languages.

Stories have been used for centuries to heal, to inspire, to guide and to help us usher in needed change and transformation. Stories represent our collective wisdom, told through many different cultural backdrops, offering us diverse voices to the incredibly complex human journey and pursuit to evolve and become "better".

During this winter season, check out books from the library on the wisdom tales of Africa, the Middle East, China, and the Native Americans. These cultures are old, so wonderfully old. Their stories have a distinct cultural quality to them that you will not find anywhere else. See if you can tell the difference after reading a few stories from each. Enjoy!

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INCITE TO WRITE teaches students how to be powerful communicators in written and spoken English. The writing program consists of four modules:

  • Writing Foundation: Building Paragraphs;
  • Grammar & Descriptive Language;
  • Narrative Writing;
  • Explanatory & Opinion Writing.

    Each module contains active and fun strategies designed to develop a student's critical and creative thinking skills as well as self-confidence in the writing process. Parents may also purchase Get It Right! units for individualized, one-on-one instruction with an Incite to Write tutor.

    The Incite to Write Curriculum aligns with Common Core State Standards: Language Arts and addresses Writing, Speaking & Listening, and Language.

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