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Learning How To Write

When children learn how to write, a whole world of possibilities opens up for them. They can put their thoughts down in a journal, write a letter to a friend, and create a story that comes from their imagination. While there are basic rules and formats to follow when learning how to write, writing can also be creative and imaginative.

Time4Writing.com provides a multitude of writing tools to assist parents, teachers, and students.  These tools will help parents and teachers who are teaching how to write, and will help students learning how to write. You can browse the free writing resources on related writing topics that will show how to write an introduction, how to write a conclusion, and everything in between.

You can also explore the elementary writing process or learn how to organize expository writing. For more information and resources on learning how to write, check out articles and activities like creative writing exercises and creative writing ideas. Review the different types of writing and find graphic organizers to assist with idea generation and planning. You will find various materials, including printable writing worksheets and quizzes, video lessons on writing and interactive writing games. For further instruction, eight-week writing courses are available at all levels.

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Creative Writing Exercises

Character DescriptionCreative writing exercises can help you to generate ideas, get started on a story, and practice your writing skills. There are many ways you can practice creative writing. One simple way is to choose an amount of time and just write, about anything. Set a timer for fifteen minutes and write, write, write, until it goes off. If you want to keep writing after that, ... Read More »

Creative Writing Ideas

Descriptive Paragraphs Have you ever been asked to write a creative story, but you had no idea what to write about? Sometimes the opposite happens and there are too many ideas to narrow down to just one. If you're stuck, just take a few minutes to brainstorm ideas. You can start by looking around and noticing the things and people around you. Is there an interesting story ... Read More »

Descriptive Writing

Descriptive Writing One of my favorite places to be is in front of a nice, warm fireplace. I'm careful not to get too close, even though I love the feel of my socks when they get all toasty. Every time I smell that familiar smell of logs burning, I'm reminded of the many camping trips I took as a child. It all makes me want to poke a ... Read More »

Ending With a Question

Informative Writing ArticleConclusion paragraphs are very important to a piece of writing. Whether it's fiction or nonfiction, a conclusion summarizes the main idea and important details. Sometimes conclusions remind readers of the lesson to be learned, sometimes they keep the ideas fresh in their minds, and sometimes they leave them wondering, thinking, or questioning. Ending with a question is a great way to leave the reader thinking even ... Read More »

Expository Writing - Graphic Organizers

Informative Writing ArticleExpository writing can be a challenge, especially if you have no idea where to start. Graphic organizers are a powerful tool that you can use to help you organize your ideas and come up with a plan. Choose graphic organizers that will help you focus on the main idea and the details that you'd like to include in your writing. You can use them to brainstorm ... Read More »

Persuasive Writing

Persuasive EssaySometimes when we write, our purpose is to convince our readers to agree with us. We see persuasive writing all the time. Think about the many ads and commercials you see each day. They want you to buy their cereal, their toy, or their service and they give you all the reasons why you should. It's not always about selling a product; sometimes it's about ... Read More »

Starting With a Hook

Interesting SentencesHave you ever read a sentence that was so incredibly interesting, or mysterious, or thought-provoking, that you just had to keep reading? Starting with a hook sentence is one of the best ways to start your paragraph. It hooks your readers and leaves them wanting to learn more or it makes them wonder what comes next. Try these suggestions for using hook sentences in your writing. Start ... Read More »

The Writing Process - Elementary

Informative Writing ArticleThere are many different ways to write. Sometimes we just sit down and write until we run out of steam. Other times we need to generate ideas first. In school, we may be asked to outline our writing first in some way. All of these are great ways to write and are appropriate in different situations. In the elementary grades, students need to learn ... Read More »

Types of Writing

Internet Writing/ Objective JournalismThere are many different types of writing. When you write an expository piece, your purpose can be to persuade, inform, or describe something to your readers. You might write something in order to give directions or to give your opinion. Whatever it is, you'll need to be clear on the reason you're writing and who your intended audience is. When you write a persuasive piece, ... Read More »

Writing a Conclusion

Conclusion ParagraphIt's important to write a good introduction. It's important to keep things organized in the main body of your writing. And it's important to write a good conclusion. In a nonfiction piece, the purpose of a conclusion is to tie things up, summarize what has been said, and reinforce the main idea. In a creative writing piece, it also helps tie things up and might ... Read More »

Writing Process - Graphic Organizer

Graphic OrganizerThe writing process at its basic level consists of five steps, some of which may be repeated as the writer moves through them. It begins with the planning stage, which is often called prewriting. A draft is then written, revised, edited, and rewritten until it is ready to be published. Graphic organizers can help writers move through the process and are especially helpful in the planning ... Read More »