Many of you have left comments and questions under the Share Your Writing page. It makes sense because that’s what most users have questions about. However, I think all those comments might be confusing to new users. So I’m trying something new. From now on, if you have a comment or question about the site or posting, I’ll copy and paste it here on the home page.
So here goes. Mikaela posted this question earlier today:
I’ve been thinking, I’d like to focus my attention to two or three stories at the most, instead of turning every idea into a story that I never finish. I feel overwhelmed at all the stories I’ve started, and I know that I probably won’t finish them all. So do you think I could remove Annavava, twilight hero (both versions) and Eagle? I know that’s a lot but I don’t think I’ll be working on those stories anymore, or at least for a while.
It’s no problem removing stories from the site. Just make sure you have a copy of your own before you ask me to. You might change your mind and feel like working on them again someday.
From now until December 30, 2014, The Young Voices Foundation is accepting short stories from students in grades K-12 for their writing contest, Young Voices of America Tell Their Stories. You can write any type of story you want but the story can’t be longer than 10,000 words. Follow this link to enter and make sure you read all the rules.
Thanks, Mikaela, for sharing this contest with us. Good luck to everyone who enters!
Not just for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades anymore! The site now includes kid-friendly writing rubrics and checklists for 6th grade. Based on the Common Core Standards. Free. Easy to use. Complete. Get yours here.
Mikaela asked if she could start a book club here on All Write with Me and I think it’s an excellent idea. Writing inspiration often comes from reading great books. Also, there’s no better way to find out what works (or doesn’t work) than by discussing what you like (or don’t like) about a book and why you liked it (or didn’t) with others.
So, if you’d like to discuss books with other site visitors, go to the new Book Club section. You’ll find it listed over there on the right, below the Group Projects section.
Mikaela would like to start off the club with The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis. Click on this link to read the book on your computer (it’s free).
If you’d like to discuss a different book, just let me know and I’ll add it to the list under the Book Club section.
Introducing kid-friendly writing rubrics and checklists based on the Common Core Standards. For 3rd, 4th and 5th grades. Right here, right now.
If you can read this, go thank the teacher who taught you how. Go on. I’ll wait.
Leap into the Common Core
with No Ordinary Lizard
These free writing guides fulfill all 10 writing standards in the Common Core by combining examples and activities generated from the middle-grade novel No Ordinary Lizard with the instruction and opportunities available here at All Write with Me.
Inside the Guides
- Thought-provoking questions to facilitate opinion writing
- Research topics to generate informative writing
- Examples from the book No Ordinary Lizard to foster narrative writing
- A list of standards addressed by each activity
- Links to relevant instructional pages on allwritewithme.com
From the Book
- Research topics in science, biology, mythology, history, oceanography, space and more
- Character relationships, character growth, core themes
- A variety of narrative techniques to emulate
Download your free writing guide
and start fulfilling the Common Core writing standards today!
3rd Grade Lizard Writing Guide
4th Grade Lizard Writing Guide
5th Grade Lizard Writing Guide
If you use Adobe Reader XI to view and save a copy of the writing guide, you can customize your guide by adding your own notes and highlighting your selections. These notes and selections can be removed/updated every year to adjust to the changing needs of your classroom.
Free downloads of Adobe Reader XI are available here.
These guides were developed by the author, Diane Owens, in collaboration with certified teachers Nancy Barth and Alyce McConaghy.
Free and easy to use, these Writing Guides fulfill every writing standard within the Common Core State Standards.
Grade-specific guides developed for 3rd, 4th and 5th grades.
If you’re looking for something to do on I Love to Write Day, you’ve come to the right place. There’s plenty of writing tips and plenty of space to show off your writing.
If you have any questions about the site or about writing, please leave a comment. I’ll answer, I promise.
On November 15, 28,000 schools across the country will be celebrating I Love to Write Day.
There’s more. Libraries, book stores, community centers, authors, and anyone else who wants to will drop everything else and join in. Writing, talking about writing, encouraging others to write, and enjoying what’s been written. It’s been going on every November 15 for the past ten years.
It all began in 2002, when author John Riddell had a brainstorm. He was driving his daughter to a writer’s conference when it occurred to him that the world needed “a special day when everyone can write something.”
Anything. Or everything. John says, “Write a poem, a love letter, a greeting card, an essay, a short story, start a novel, finish a novel. The possibilities are endless.”
Does your teacher or school have a fun event planned? Publishers are donating books to schools that come up with creative ways to celebrate. A panel of authors will choose their favorite events. Free books will be shipped to the schools they choose. To enter, share the details of your event by emailing John at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Need some examples of how to celebrate? Here are two of my favorites: Students in South Carolina went to local nursing homes and helped the residents write their life stories. Fifth graders in Millville, New Jersey wrote letters to their state governor. A few days later he made I Love to Write Day an officially celebrated day in New Jersey. There are more examples and ideas available at ilovetowriteday.org.
I’m heading out for Key West tomorrow (June 7) . Feel free to keep submitting your stories and writing samples while I’m gone. I’ll post submissions to the site as soon as I come back, around June 20.
Ah, it’s finally here – April 10, Encourage a Young Writer Day, my favorite holiday!
I’m so glad you’re here. Take a look around and explore, explore, explore. If you have any questions, please let me know!
If you’re looking for something to do on Encourage a Young Writer Day on Tuesday, April 10th, you’ve come to the right place!
Teachers and parents, make sure to check out the Educators Page at facebook.com/allwritewithme too. (It’s got a brand-new look.)
From March 4-10, you can download my middle-grade book, Swept Up, at no cost. At all.
When I heard about this event, I had to participate because I love e-reading and I hope you do, too! To get your free e-book, go here then enter RE100 into the coupon code box which will appear after you select “add to cart”.
Oh, and when you finish reading the book, I’d love to hear what you think of it. Thanks and happy reading!