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 drama and arts-based 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
 

Summer 2017

IMG_060 Summer is a good time to remember that writing is an art form, not just an academic subject. Kids deserve a break from academics, so in the summer, emphasize the creative side of writing. Have an "Imagine Hour" after sports or physical activities or when it's just too hot to do anything but sit around.


Sitting under a big shade tree with a bucket of cold water for hot and tired feet is a great set-up for writing - free from the distractions of TV and video games inside the house. Outside there are no walls, and a whole lot of life is happening every minute - just by looking down at the world of insects, or looking up and seeing the passing clouds, not to mention everything that can be seen and heard in between.

Stories are great vehicles for the imagination. They can be short ones or a long story that is continued over the whole summer. Every story has a who and where - so suggest interesting characters or animals that the story can be about to help get your kids started, or suggest an exotic or strange location, like a new planet in outer space, inside a gigantic ant tunnel, or on a melting ice cap in Alaska. Have a bag filled with interesting objects nearby, so whenever your kids get stuck in their writing, they can draw an object from the bag to give them ideas.

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Visit my new program, Storytellers & Writers, an after school dual language program that combines the Incite to Write strategies with storytelling.

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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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