It’s Wednesday, May 4, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!
Age Range: 10 and up (Grades 4 and up approximately, with parental supervision)
This website is a free online learning center to help writers of all ages learn to write better without taking up a lot of your time.
As explained at the site:
As W. Somerset Maugham said: “There are three rules for writing. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.” This is not a place for rules. On the other hand, it’s not a place for endless advice… My promise here: no fluff. Just help.
When you click on the link above it will take you to the “Young Writers – Tips” page. While the entire site offers helpful information for writers of all ages, this particular page is a good jumping off point – with lots of short writing tips especially useful for young writers. You’ll see a menu of articles that include guidelines and suggestions for writing:
- Brainstorming Ideas for Stories
- The Difference Between an Idea and a Story
- Good First Lines to Start a Great Story
The articles include advice and examples from well-known writers such as Barbara Kingsolver, Sid Fleischman, Jan Yolen, Dr. Seuss, and more. You’ll find links to resources within the articles as well.
When you’re through exploring the “Young Writers Tips,” click on “Core Advice for Your Writing Craft and Career” on the menu. There, you’ll find more articles on becoming a better writer, including the “Blue Zoo Curriculum – An Outline.” It’s a set of core articles on 10 skills “a professional writer would do well to master” and are grouped into three categories:
- Being a Writer – Get advice on becoming a better writer along with some motivational techniques.
- The Craft of Writing – Find out how to spin an appealing story and how to create a sense of place.
- Career Development – Discover how to build your writer’s brand.