activities and be included in the brain-
storming moments. For instance, have
everyone write about the Revolutionary
War. The older students might journal
from a soldier’s point of view and can in-
clude details like historical names, dates,
Hooking a reluctant writer is easier
than you think. Incorporating creativity
is the key to making writing come alive
for the whole family!
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Try one of these ideas to spice up your writing time:
• Journal from a fictitious character’s
point of view.
• Trace the student’s body on butcher
paper and have them create a life-size
drawing of their character.
• Make a prop from their story: duct tape
swords, a clay diorama, a shoe box silhouette, or homemade paper dolls.
• Use the seasons for ideas: Write a Pil-
grim and Native American story; make
a teepee and leave it up until the story
is finished. Make a Native American
placemat from a brown grocery bag.
Cut fringes around it like buckskin.
Decorate with Thanksgiving motifs,
and use it at Thanksgiving dinner.
• Build an item from their story with
LEGOs®, and role play as you go!
• Cook up special foods that are men-
tioned in the story, like cupcakes,
• Take a field trip that correlates with
the story. Visit a farm, go horseback
riding, or tour an airplane museum.
• Play fun language games such as story
beach ball, make sensory setting lists,
or play adjective bingo to enhance
Historical fiction is a
terrific way to rope
a child into a living