for Getting it Down On Paper
Book Report Wizard.
Created by author and
elementary school teacher Corey Green.
Creative Writing Prompts
Need an interesting idea, place, or
character to help you get started? Try these interesting story
beginnings about times machines, aliens, other planets, evil scientists,
or other wacky fun. Please note that some of
these are .doc files, so you will be prompted to "open" or "save" the
file you wish to view. From BogglesWorld.
Find Out How to Become a Journalist
Aimed at high school students, this site
is full of top level information on how to break into the field of
writing and reporting for newspapers, magazines, and TV.
to Cite Online References
Learn how to cite online
stuff like websites and webzine articles
quick over view from CyberBee will get you going, plus it offers
great links to learn even more about citing online materials.
Learn About Grammar
This is an excellent resource for learning
the names of those pesky parts of the sentence and understanding how
they best fit together. Not sure what the difference is between a
transitive and an intransitive verb is? This is the site for you.
After you've read the material, you can even quiz yourself to make sure
you understand. For even more help with grammar...
Check out these
Frequently Asked Grammar Questions.
Find answers to the most
commonly asked questions about grammar, including when to use "lie"
instead of "lay", when to capitalize job titles, and how to use
punctuation correctly inside parentheses.
For some more advanced help with grammar
be sure to stop by
The American Heritageï¿½ Book of English
service of Bartleby.com.
Learn How to Get
Morris has put together
these great tips for kids (or anyone) to take their writing to the next
Writing for Kids
Lots of useful tips
and in-depth instructions. Don't miss
How to Write Funny Poetry.
Poetry Workshop @ Scholastic Online
Professionally published poets like Jack
Prelutsky, Karla Kuskin, and Jean Marzollo give tips for kids in grades
1-8. Have fun while learning about descriptive words, rhythm, and
finishing your poem because of rhyming troubles? This interactive
allows you to enter
the word you're trying to find a rhyme for... hit go... and magically
get a list of words that will rhyme with it! Pick the one that
fits your poem and away you go.
Story Writing Tips --- for Kids
Corey Green is an elementary school teacher and the author of the Buckley School Books,
Phantom Student, a group of stories
about the kids in
Mr. Hoker's sixth
grade class. Because she writes her own stories and teaches
the kids in her classes how to write, she has some great insights to
help you write a better story!
Corey carves the act
of story writing up into these basic parts:
visiting the website, don't miss her excellent
Book Report Wizard.
Tips for Budding Reporters
Find out how to get the inside scoop,
track down a story, and interview people. Fans of Wendelin Van
Draanen's Shredderman book Secret Identity will especially love
this page. By Random House.
Tips on Writing
(and Not Giving
Up) by Judy Blume
The famous author of such classics as
The Pain and the Great One
and Tales of
a Fourth Grade Nothing offers some important tools and ideas to get you going and keep you
going, all the way through finishing your story and finding a publisher.
Writer's Club for Kids
with Mary Pope Osborne
Get tips about
character, setting, plot, and detailing with examples based on
Civil War on Sunday.
You can even mail Mary Pope Osborne your
questions, about writing or about her books.
Write Your Own Greek Myths
and Epic Adventure Tales!
Here is some information that we put
together for a creative writing class. You will find great writing ideas
and great links for fun, education, and creative inspiration. Also
don't miss our...
these fun links to get inspired for your projects. You'll find
online fables and myths plus photos of Greece and fun stuff like a
Greek Myth Mad Lib!
Check out and enter the latest
read their online e-Zine
and what other kids have submitted, and
get a real published author for
your mentor! You can also learn how you can
mentor other kids! Be sure to read their
with authors like Jane Kirkland, Eric Shansby, Brandon Keefe, Laura
Tisdel, Guy Gilchrist.
A great listing of various places
where kids can share their writing on the World Wide Web.
Similar to "Boggle", this games asks you
to make words out of the random letters on the grid. Words may be
formed from adjacent squares in any direction, and must contain at least
three letters. See if you can beat the computer!
Visit this site to write email to your
favorite author! A huge listing of authors. K.A. Applegate (Animorphs)
to J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter) to Mary Pope Osborne (Magic Tree House)
and many more.
"More than 43,000 stories written by
kids from all over the planet!" You can check out the newest ones or
look through the "oldies but goodies" section -- you can even search for
stories about your favorite topics. AND, you can add a story of your
own! Don't miss their new
where kids writers can post messages to each other, about writing,
favorite authors, or whatever's on your mind!
A new story writing challenge each week! They will start you off
by providing suggestions for a character, a place, and a prop (a thing
in the story), but you provide the rest. Check it out to add a story of
your own, to read the stories, and to vote for this weeks best stories.
chat and buzz
section to hook up with other kids into writing.
Ever see those tiny magnetic words to
stick on the refrigerator -- you move them around to make your own
sentences. This website works the same! Move the words
around to make your own poetry or humor.
Make Your Own Captain Underpants Comic
Help George and Harold
create a cool new episode in the Adventures of Captain Underpants, then
e-mail it to a friend!
One Million Years From Now...
Add your own story -- about you!
If someone found your fossilized footprints in the distant future,
what would they miss out on by not having a written record of your
journey here? Tell us about it, and we will web-publish it, right here
on Earth's Kids!
Make your own puzzles! Use this
site from Discovery Channel to create your own mazes, word searches, and
more. Share them with friends, siblings, teachers, and classmates.
Great for teachers and homeschoolers!
Reading Rainbow's Young Writers and Illustrators
Every year kids just like you submit
their stories to PBS's Reading Rainbow contest for young writers and
illustrators. Shouldn't you be one of them?
Have a story to publish or an
illustration to share with the world? Check out this print magazine
written for kids and by kids, then read their "guidelines for
publication" to see how to submit your work to them. (Your work may also
Here's a place to publish your poetry
or other creative writing to the World Wide Web. It's part of Crunch, an
online 'zine where you can also submit your own reviews of books,
music, computer games, etc. Sponsored by the National Center for
Education Statistics and the U.S. Department of Education.
How many synonyms can you grab before the
toast burns? From Scholastic.com
Wacky Web Tales
Excellent "Mad Libs" to create your own
online dictionary from Miriam Webster
A great place to look up words! You can
also check out the buzzword of the day, try the spelling bee, send a
secret coded message to a friend, check out the music room to create
your own verses and poems, conduct silly and fun English Experiments,
Wizards and Pigs Poetry Pickle
This funny game helps you learn about the
properties of poetry ...while collecting magic keys and potions to find
the dragons lair. Beware of goblins!
Here's a place for girls 11-12
older to share their stories. You will want to read some of the awesome
stories other girls have turned in! Great stuff. Be sure to check the
poetry section too -- to add your own,
or to read what other girls have written! Sponsored by the Girl Scouts.