How to Write an Essay on Summer Vacations for Kids


"My Summer Vacation" is a topic many teachers give kids as a writing assignment, usually at the beginning of the year. When kids are learning to write essays, they will have an easier time if they can write about a subject they know. Most students can find something to write about their summer vacation, even if they did not actually travel anywhere. They might write about what their summer at home was like or about people that visited them. By organizing ideas and using simple but clear language, you will have little difficulty the next time your teacher tells you to write about your summer vacation.

  • Make notes about your summer vacation. Write sentences on a graphic organizer detailing major points like trips you took, places you saw, and people you visited. Graphic organizers are useful for outlining information to put in paragraphs. The Time for Kids website has a free organizer available for printing.

  • Write an introductory paragraph. Begin with a general explanation of your vacation. Then narrow your topic by progressing from general details to a specific emphasis. The last two sentences in the introduction should set the stage for the details to follow in the body of the essay.

  • Write about events that happened in order. The first paragraph in the body should not be about what happened at the end of the summer. Using chronological order helps you stay organized while writing and avoids confusing the reader.

  • Write at least three paragraphs in the body of your essay. Each one should be five to seven sentences in length and relate to one main point. If you used a graphic organizer, use details from each section to form paragraphs.

  • Write a conclusion. This last paragraph may consist of three to five sentences that sum up your vacation. Do not repeat your introduction. You can restate similar ideas for emphasis, but avoid retelling what you just wrote about in the preceding paragraphs.

  • Proofread your essay for grammar and spelling errors. Ask a family member or a classmate to check your work. They may spot mistakes you missed. Use a checklist, like the one found at Time For Kids. This personal narrative checklist includes editing and proofreading reminders that you initial or put a mark by after you are sure you completed each one.

Tips & Warnings

  • Try to capture the reader's attention in the first sentence of the introduction. If your summer was uneventful, use humor to get your audience interested.

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