Tag Archive | writing prompts

Follow Friday – October 25, 2013 – Writing Ideas

A few weeks ago we introduced new Writing Websites. One of which was The Bookshelf Muse. This website has been changed to Writers Helping Writers. Check out their Talents and Skills Theaurus.

Here are a couple other writing sites that we found useful. Please let us know which sites you enjoy.

The DuPage Writer’s Group has an interesting post on Inventing Your Own Cliches.

Chicago Literary Map’s blog. This was something new I found this week that encourages Chicago residents to write about places they visit in the city. Do you have anything like this where you live?

And, the OneMinuteWriter has some great writing prompts on its site. Take a peek!

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Follow Friday – Get Kids Writing!

Sort Your Story software is a great tool for kids to use when starting their family history. Why? Because it offers them the opportunity to focus on one ancestor at a time. They can create and complete one profile with all the records, photographs, and stories they have at their disposal. Focusing on one ancestor at a time benefits kids and their research and writing because…….

  • It allows them to accomplish a task and feel good about completing a project.
  • It allows them to see the gaps in their research.
  • It allows them to create a list of the records and details they need to find.
  • Focusing on one ancestor (or themselves) allows kids to write short stories or make comments about that individual which can be used later to write a longer, more detailed story.

Where is a good place for a child to begin in Sort Your Story? With themselves! Help your child sit and complete a profile on themselves. Within each record folder they add to their profile, encourage them to write a short story about themselves.

Need help with some ideas? We found a blog A Reel Cool Summer that offers 14 weeks of writing prompts for kids ages 5 and up, to write about their summer vacation. Use these prompts to get kids writing. They can use these pieces in their personal profile and the ideas to write about other ancestors. What do I mean by this? Have the child create a profile for themselves and then one for each parent. After they write their summer vacation prompts, you as the parent, should write also. The child can then compare and contrast their experiences with yours which will make the profiles and future stories even richer.

So what are you waiting for? Purchase and download Sort Your Story today if you have not already done so and start profiling and writing! Let us know what you think about the software and writing prompts. How did they help you and your child get started or continue your family history? We’d love to hear from you!

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