This post is sponsored by Write Shop. All opinions are my own.
This year, we’ve been using Write Shop as our writing curriculum. We used Junior Level E in the fall, and this semester, we’re using Write Shop Level I. Before using Write Shop, my daughter was a reluctant writer. Now, she spends half her free time making stories and writing in her journal, which she NEVER did before. We have been incredibly impressed with Write Shop and can’t recommend it enough. One of my favorite things about Write Shop is how it encourages kids to think outside the box about writing. Each lesson includes a fun hands-on project or writing prompt that helps children have fun with writing. Since we’ve already gone through the writing prompts made by Write Shop, I thought I’d use my daughter’s current interest in robots to get her thinking creatively with these robot creative writing prompts.
Robot Creative Writing Prompts to Encourage Creative Thinking in Kids
I find that with many reluctant writers, they biggest complaint is that they don’t know WHAT to write. They sit down in front of a blank page and freeze. They might spend 10 minutes complaining that they don’t know what to write. I solved this issue in our house by making these silly robot story starters that make it easy to figure out what to write.
These writing prompts aren’t meant to be graded or stressed over, but help children figure out how to get started writing without any pressure over spelling mistakes, grammar, or punctuation.
For many kids, the biggest hurdle to writing is simply putting pencil to paper and thinking of words to say. Story starters are the perfect bridge for reluctant writers who can’t figure out what they want to say.
My daughter had a blast with these fun robot-themed creative writing prompts.
How We Used the Robot Creative Writing Prompts
One of my favorite aspects about Write Shop is how they encourage kids to learn to write on their own from start to finish. Creative writing is the first step, but it is only PART of the writing process! As most adults know, the actual writing typically is only about 10 percent of crating a written project (we’re also loving the new story prompts Write Shop just made!).
Once Monkey filled in her robot stories, we used the content to flesh out her stories following the structure in the Write Shop curriculum. I had her use the “Story Builder’s Word Bank” to look for stronger words to replace weak words in her sloppy copy. Next, she used the “Student Writing Skills Checklist” to look through her sloppy copy and revision to check for content, style, and mechanics before writing and submitting the final copy. I love how Write Shop I uses the Writing Skills Checklist to encourage kids to think through their writing and check for errors on their own before submitting. It builds really well on what we learned in Write Shop Junior E.
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