Free-Writing Activities for Kids

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A great free-writing activity for kids requires taking the children outside and instructing them to write about what they are observing without worrying about spelling or grammar. Have kids use free-writing exercises to create more structured work with ideas from a writing instructor and former classroom teacher in this free video on writing.

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Hi, I'm Laura from and I'm going to talk about free writing activities for kids. A great way to start a writing period is to have students write about something that they're observing, and it could be very free form, very unstructured, and emphasize that they don't need to worry about spelling, they don't need to worry about grammar, they just need to get some ideas down. This is a great activity for a beautiful day when you can take the kids outside and they can just write down everything they're observing. Take them to a place where there might be a lot of different things happening, or there might just be one natural setting where they can observe a lot of details, but encourage them to use their time to write continuously about everything that they're seeing and hearing and smelling and feeling, and this can be a great way to incorporate observation, use of sensory details, and can really help them to get started. Then you can take this free writing back, maybe structure it more and have them do the writing process of creating a natural first draft, conferring with a partner, doing a second draft, and taking their story or essay up to a published, final polished and published version. So those are some ideas about free writing activities for kids.


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