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Writing Prompts: With an Animal Theme

We have been doing a project on animals the last couple of weeks. This affords many different avenues for writing, both imaginative as well as factual. It also allows the child the opportunity to develop research skills. We have used the internet as well as books: we may have the internet at our finger tips, but a trip to the local library is still very beneficial! Animal Themed Writing Prompts 1. Write about your favourite animal. Find out about it’s habitat, food, predators/prey, etc. 2. Consider different endangered species. Choose one and write about it. Why is it endangered? What could be done to help save the species? 3. Read some poems about different animals, for example William Blake’s Tyger Tyger and The Lamb, Alfred Lord Tennyson’s The Owl. Write your own poem that describes an animal. 4. Do you have a pet, or would you like one? Find out how to look after a pet you would like and write about how you would care for it. 5. Read an extract from Wind and the Willows. Write your own story about some woodland animal friends. 6. Research a type of sea mammal. Write about it: where does it live, what does it eat, are they endangered, mention anything special you find out about them. 7. Imagine you are an explorer and you are visiting an isolated jungle. Whilst there you discover a new species of animal. Describe your new species, what will you call it, how does this new species behave? Share this:PrintFacebookTwitterEmailLike this:Like...

Creative Writing Prompts for Homeschool

We have never followed a set curriculum for creative writing, instead we have taken inspiration from the work we are doing in other areas to inspire our writing projects. For example when we studied the Royal Family, during the Queen’s Jubilee my daughter was given the task of writing a story entitled “The Naughty Corgi”. By giving her either a title or a first line she has a foundation to work from, and the project work already finished helps inform her writing. We also use the text we are reading to inspire creative writing. Ideas will depend on the text, by using key events in the story to inspire a story. For example if reading “Little House on the Prairie”, a story about a time the child went on a long journey, or if there was a time they met with a dangerous situation- like Laura in the book. The child can also wite about their favourite, or least favourite, character; explaining what they are like, what they do and why they like/dislike the character. If studying an event or character in history the assigned task would be to retell the story, or write a biography on the person. To teach grammar and language skills we use the Charlotte Mason inspired text book “Language Lessons”, one of the activities in these texts books is to study works of art. A follow on activity from this introduction to art appreciation is to write a story around the painting. My son, who has a vivid imagination has found this a lot of fun! However, there are always times when we want a writing project but the above does not easily lend themselves to the occasion. So here are a list of 20 prompts you can use for Primary age children: Write a story about what you did on holiday. Write a story about your pet. Write a story with the beginning: “One day I had an adventure in the woods…..” Write a story about what you think the future will be like. Pretend you are a journalist. Write a news story about a volcano erupting (or earthquake!) Make the page look like the front cover of a newspaper, with a headline and a picture. Write a letter to your best friend. Re-tell your favourite Bible story Keep a journal for a fortnight Write a story of a conversation between you and some you have studied from history. Write about a musical instrument you play: what it is like, how long you have to practice, who teaches you, what songs can you...
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