A book list for elementary writers curated by Claire Stano and Sheena Crenshaw of 826michigan. Check out the book, read, then use the prompts below to write your own story!
Barnes, Derrick D. author.
Write a detailed description of an everyday experience that is important to you and include as many sensory details as you can remember: how do things look, sound and smell? How do you feel during the activity? Do your emotions change as things progress? Suggested topics: family dinner, starting a school day, recess, sports practice, playdate with friend, trip to the library, or trip to the grocery store.Find in catalog
Write stories about characters experiencing something new, like meeting a new person/friend, traveling to an exotic destination, learning a new skill, or starting a new school year. Think about how your character will feel having a new experience. Are they scared, excited, curious? What do they think and notice in this new situation?Find in catalog
Lazo Gilmore, Dorina K.
Writers often draw on their families for inspiration. They may write directly about the experiences of their family members or they may just draw details (the author named the main character after her grandmother Cora), events or feelings from their family members. Write a story that draws inspiration from your family. It can be a true story or based on your imagination using real details from your life.Find in catalog
Write a story in which someone learns or gets clues on how to solve a problem in their dreams but then has to wake up and solve the problem in real life. First think: What’s the problem? Then think: How does your character go about solving the problem?Find in catalog
Write poems or stories featuring rhymes. Poems might tell a story or describe something in detail, helping us to see something new about the thing or idea they describe. Even if it's an old story, the words and rhymes you use will make it new and unique to you. They can also include made up or nonsense words to help the reader truly understand the experience!Find in catalog
Write a story titled Not all ________Do___________, a counter-story about a trait that people often assume they have. For example: Not all 7-year-olds eat glue. Some 7-year-olds write long stories with 20 characters. Or not all monsters lurch and roar; some stop to smell the flowers and eat honey.Find in catalog