Writer/Storyteller Activities & Resources: Ages 11-13

Feb 01, 2013




Many traditional ways of teaching and learning are typically easily accessed by the Writer/Storyteller child.  Still, you can extend what your child is doing at school, and support your child to branch into less favored areas, with these activities & resources:

  • Writer/Storytellers enjoy projects and activities that involve the printed word.  A simple but fun project is to get a ceramic dish or mug from the store or a garage sale.  Using Sharpie(R) markers, compose a poem or well-wishes for the recipient.  Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees and the marker will become permanent.
  • Sixth-eighth grade is a great time for interested students to discover more public speaking opportunities.  For example, Writer/Storytellers might enjoy becoming part of a school debate team.
  • Why not invite your child to write the family holiday card this year?  Or have her make a scrapbook narrative of your family’s most recent vacation? Another option is to have her write up a family tree history book. Giving your young writer purpose and voice will extend and expand her skills!
  • Take a piece of your child’s writing, or have her write a new story about a fun subject such as Heroes or a favorite character, etc.  Have your child go through and delete a noun, adjective, verb, or adverb in a number of the sentences (to make the piece now look like a Mad Libs® piece).  Have fun playing Mad Libs®  together with your child’s writings!
  • Make it meaningful!  There are so many real world writing options for interested students!  Giving your child a forum where her work can be seen and responded to can highly motivate young writers.  For ideas, take a look at http://figment.com/ or write books/create collections online at sites like http://storybird.com/ or http://www.mixbook.com/.
  • To help solidify your child’s learning, have her talk through operations or formulas.
  • Some online resources: 
  • Advanced Ad libs: Fill in the blanks of select NY Times articles and see how close you are to the real thing: http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/category/fill-in/
  • Have your child learn more about worldwide hunger from Oxfam with this choose your own adventure, where they become the “actor” in the story: http://www.oxfamamerica.org/multimedia/flash/a-seat-at-the-table
  • To support your child’s more abstract use of language, such as with proverbs and sarcasm, take a look at http://kids.niehs.nih.gov/games/riddles/proverbs.htm.
  • For work with analogies, see  http://www.sadlier-oxford.com/phonics/analogies/analogiesx.htm
  • For vocabulary, check out Word Dynamo (http://dynamo.dictionary.com/), a fantastic site for creating word lists, but also for playing fun vocabulary enhancing games.  You can also check out the games at http://www.wordia.com/.
  • If your child loves word games, here are some more fun ones: http://www.jogtheweb.com/run/F5Wb9HBgdv0S/Word-Games#1 or http://www.merriam-webster.com/game/index.htm
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