Teaching Writing to Teens

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English teachers often move into Creative Writing activities this time of year. I have several great workbooks for teachers to use with their middle and high school students. They are available in print and ebook form. The digital edition is perfect for projecting on the screen or Smart Board for whole class viewing. The print version can be used to photocopy individual pages or have students order their own copy for use in class.

Fiction Writer WorkshopFiction Writing Workshop for Teens: Review and Practice Worksheets for Middle and High School Students 

A hit with English and Creative Writing teachers! Over 75 pages of exercises for your English and Creative Writing class! This workbook contains instructions and individual exercises for writing general fiction, science fiction, fantasy, children’s books, and plays. Plan a semester or a full year around these lessons. Exercises are on individual pages so that you can quickly find a writing lesson when you need it. How many times have you had 10 minutes to fill in class and were at a loss how to fill the time? Pull out this workbook and get a quick idea for a fun writing assignment for your students. Includes individual and group work. Give a workbook to each student in your Creative Writing class! No more photocopying! Perfect for Homeschoolers!  Print  $8.99    Ebook $4.99  Kindle $4.99

$4.99Creative Writing Workshop for Middle & High School Students 

A hit with English and Creative Writing teachers! Over 165 pages of exercises for your English and Creative Writing class! How to write in different genres (sci-fi, fantasy, newspaper, children’s books, plays, poetry and more!) Also includes important grammar issues such as sentence fragments and run-on sentences. Plan a semester or a full year around these lessons. The Kindle edition is formatted so that you can quickly find a writing lesson when you need it. How many times have you had 10 minutes to fill in class and were at a loss how to fill the time? Pull out your Kindle and get a quick idea for a fun writing assignment for your students. Includes individual and group work.  Perfect for Homeschoolers! Kindle $3.99

poetry workbook 1400Poetry Writing Workshop: A Workbook for Students 

This book describes easy to follow directions for creating poems that touch the heart. It includes writing exercises and prompts for traditional poems like the cinquain and haiku and more modern poetry like generated poems and found poetry. No matter what age you are, these exercises will show you how easy it is to jump into writing poetry!

Written by English and Creative writing teachers for their students from middle school to adult. Ebook $3.99 Kindle  $3.99 Smashwords $3.99

 

poetry workbook cover smallPlaying with Words: A Poetry Workshop 

What is better than reading and writing poetry? Creating poems! This workbook is for older students and adults who want to play with words. There are 12 ideas (exercises) for creating poems by playing with words here, as well as a few examples of poems created by myself and famous poets like Lewis Carroll. The print version has space for students to write in. The Kindle version has those pages removed. Ebook $2.99   Kindle $2.99    Smashwords $2.99

short story workshopShort Story Writing Workshop: A Workbook for Students

Looking for writing exercises for students? In this workbook you will find 10 focused exercises that build a student’s confidence towards writing their very own short story. The short story workbook walks the student through 10 exercises that focus on plot, setting, dialogue, conflict, and more! The workbook includes exercises in helping students come up with an idea for a short story and mapping out their story. Ebook $2.99

basket storiesBasket Stories (Fantasy/SciFi Series): A Creative Writing Activity

This series includes characters, settings, and conflicts suitable for a fantasy/sci-fi story. Coming Soon: Christian Stories Series (teaching values and morals). This activity works well as an individual project, but is more fun if done with a partner or a group. Alternative use: Set up a Basket Story learning center. There are three sets of cards here: characters, settings, conflicts. Each set has 12 cards. You can use a plastic bag, an envelope, a box, or a basket for each group. Print out a packet of three sets for each basket. The number of baskets you make up depends on the number of groups you have in class. There are an infinite number of stories that can be created with these cards because you never know what card you will pull next! The students love this, even students who say they hate creative writing. This activity is set up in such a way as to give students a huge opportunity for using their imagination. For instance, perhaps they pull the following cards – young boy, tree house, broken. They can choose any time period, any season, any weather, etc. as long as they use those three cards in the story. The conflict ‘broken’ means that something must be broken – the tree, the tree house, the boy’s heart, the boy’s leg, something in the treehouse or on the ground, etc. Once they set the conflict, students must decide how the character will react to that conflict. Will he deal with it himself or bring another character to help him (pull a new card from the character set)? Directions for students: Take one card from each set (character, setting, conflict). Begin creating a story from these three items. Whenever the group feels a character, setting, or conflict needs to be added to the developing story, they will draw out another card from the particular set. All items pulled must be used and no substitutions are allowed! Continue pulling cards and writing the story until time is up and the teacher calls for stories to be wrapped up (a resolution written). Students may set the actual time period of the story at any time they wish (past, present, future). WANT THE COMPLETE SET ALREADY PRINTED, CUT, LAMINATED AND READY TO USE? You can order that here in my store as well. Ebook $1.99 Ready to Use Set $6.00

original-440537-1Complete Language Arts Lesson Plans: First Week

This document contains lessons for one full week of classes in the middle school Language Arts class. Each lesson contains an opening (hook), presentation, guided and independent practice, resources, and a closing activity. Lessons range from 35-100 minutes; customize as you see fit! All lessons include Common Core Standards for Middle grade Language Arts. Some of the resources described can be found in my store for free or under $3! Ebook $4.99

About Karen Y. Hamilton

Walt Whitman says about his autobiography, Specimen Days “…At any rate I obey my happy hour’s command, which seems curiously imperative. May-be, if don’t do anything else, I shall send out the most wayward, spontaneous, fragmentary book ever printed.” This is what I feel at this juncture of my life, the need to gather together memories of my ancestors as well as my own memories into some semblance of order. Because all of those fragments, all of the fragments that make up any life, become stories. I am the mother of three sons, who affectionately (I hope!) call me 'gypsy mom' because I tend to wander around a bit soaking in the universe's wonders. I am currently working towards an MFA in Creative Writing at Florida Atlantic University. I have published essays with Heritage Press, Florida Living, and the St. Pauls Review. I am currently working on a book of poems about the Florida Everglades pioneers and a memoir about grief and the bonds of friendship. I live in my hometown, Jupiter, Florida and work as a freelance writer and curriculum specialist.
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