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Learn All Year Long

Learn All Year Long

Learn All Year Long

Kids and teens should read and write even when they are out of school. Why is this so important?

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Parent & Afterschool Resources

ReadWriteThink has a variety of resources for out-of-school use. Visit our Parent & Afterschool Resources section to learn more.

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How to Start a Writer’s Notebook

 

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How to Start a Writer’s Notebook

Grades 3 – 12
Author

Cathy Allen Simon

Cathy Allen Simon

Urbana, Illinois

Publisher

National Council of Teachers of English

Tip Topic Tips for Teaching Writing
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Activities & Projects

Games & Tools

Printouts

Podcast Episodes

 

Activities & Projects

Grades   3 – 5  |  Activity & Project

Write a Recipe

Use recipes to help children practice reading and writing step-by-step instructions. Have them sample the results to see how they did.

 

Grades   7 – 12  |  Activity & Project

Music in Movies: You Pick the Soundtrack

Explore how music can have an emotional impact on a scene in a movie, then help teens write and film a scene of their own.

 

Grades   7 – 12  |  Activity & Project

MyTube: Make a Video Public Service Announcement

Invite teens to explore issues that are important to them, and then write a script and film a video public service announcement.

 

Grades   3 – 5  |  Activity & Project

Telling My Story: Make a Bio-Cube

Let children explore an interesting subject—themselves. An online tool will teach them to summarize and organize information as they write.

 

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Games & Tools

Grades   K – 8  |  Game & Tool

Book Cover Creator

The Book Cover Creator allows users to type and illustrate front and back covers, and full dust jackets.

 

Grades   3 – 12  |  Game & Tool

Flip Book

The Flip Book allows users to type and illustrate tabbed flip books up to ten pages long.

 

Grades   6 – 12  |  Game & Tool

Stapleless Book

The Stapleless Book tool allows children to make an eight page book of their own, ideal for stories, notes, new words, and more.

 

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Printouts

Grades   K – 2  |  Printout  |  Writing It Out

My Autobiography

Channel children’s fondness for talking about their own lives into a creative project by helping them write an autobiography.

 

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Podcast Episodes

Grades   K – 5  |  Podcast Episode

A Peek into Amelia's Notebook

Emily chats with a couple of sisters about two books in the Amelia’s Notebook series and even the grown-up Amelia herself, author-illustrator Marissa Moss.

 

Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Episode

Teens as Writers

In honor of NCTE's National Day on Writing, tune in to hear about the growing number of books featuring teens who write.

 

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