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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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Starting With An Attention Grabber

Starting a piece of writing with an attention grabber is a good approach to securing reader interest. Hooking the reader with an attention grabber such as a question, a surprise, or maybe a quotation creates a desire to read on to see what happens next. Even if all the information in the body of the essay is solid, it’s important to get the reader to that point with a good attention grabber. Starting an essay with an attention grabber ensures that your audience will want to keep reading. ... Read More »

Ending With A Cliffhanger

In an essay, ending with a cliffhanger doesn’t mean that the essay is left unfinished. All important points must be covered, yet it’s possible to leave some possibilities open for further development even with a cliffhanger ending. Whether the writer’s cliffhanger asks a question, gives the reader a last idea to ponder, or mentions an unexpected twist, ending with a cliffhanger can make the essay memorable and interesting to the very last word. ... Read More »

Developing Typing Skills

Developing strong typing skills through typing practice provides a foundation for most, if not all, of the writing a student will do in school and beyond. Through regular typing practice, students will be able to develop their typing skills and become proficient and quick at the computer. Improved typing skills result in better concentration for the student on the other aspects of writing rather than fumbling for the right keys. ... Read More »

Using Figurative Language

Learning to use figurative language is an important step in developing a mature and rich writing style. From similes and metaphors to hyperbole and personification, taking words beyond their literal meaning through the use of figurative language is enjoyable for both the writer and the reader. In fact, the ability to use figurative language successfully is one of the most effective tools in a writer’s skill set. ... Read More »

Painting A Word Picture

Painting a picture using words through descriptive writing takes practice. But when a writer can make readers feel as though they are right there at the scene, the essay becomes vividly alive thanks to descriptive writing. Sense words, descriptive words, and plays on words are all tools that bring the writing to life. With such ‘pictures’, a writer will ensure that the reader won’t soon forget what has been written thanks to the mental visual that is created by the author’s descriptive writing. The ability to successfully paint a picture using words is one of the most effective tools in a writer’s skill set. ... Read More »