M.M. asks from Chicago, IL on October 01, 2011
Books on How to Write Stories, Journals for a First Grader?
Could you please recommend me any book that teaches children (first grade children) how to write stories, journals,with some samples perhaps, something to improve writing skills?
My child loves to write and would want to offer him good books to improve his writing skills.
Thank you in advance.
J.K. answers from Phoenix on October 02, 2011
Have your child read books and write about them. He can also make a little book about the books he reads. Also, you can have him journal on his own. Draw a picture and write about it or write about his day etc. Reading a lot will also help improve his writing skills. I think this is awesome!! There are workbooks at Barnes and Noble or even Costco that will help with writing skills but I think reading and writing on his own is better since those books can be a bit boring. But they may help if he likes workbooks. Good luck!
T.C. answers from Austin on October 03, 2011
I have 2 books that I bought at the used book store. The first one is Scholastic Explains Writing Homework(2nd & 3rd grade). It explains nouns, verbs, and adjectives and has examples of different styles of writing, such as a book review, a recipe, and a postcard. The 2nd book is Reading Activities by Marilee Robin Burton. It has fun hands-on activities for reading and writing, such as making a poster for a lost storybook character and hanging words on a clothesline to get them in the right order.
C.S. answers from Las Vegas on October 02, 2011
My Kindergartner just had an art assignment to draw a picture and then write a poem. I let her draw the pictures and then I wrote all the key words from the picture she drew. We used the key words list to write the poem. It all seemed to flow pretty smoothly.
M.M. answers from Tucson on October 01, 2011
Diary of a whimpie kids has one. My daughter loves it.
C.M. answers from Chicago on October 01, 2011
I don't think a first grader needs a book on how to write stories. I think they should be given a journal and allowed to fill it up with pictures and writings of whatever they want.
A first grader can barely write or spell. They are working on the basics of sentence structure, grammar, paragraph structure, etc.
I would say the best option is to read stories to your first grader and have them read to you. Then have them dictate stories to you in their own words. Let them be as creative and free as they want. There's plenty of time later on to work on improving writing skills.