Michael's Writing Tips for Elementary School Students

Always begin a writing assignment with an idea of what you want to write about based on a past experience or person in your life. 

If the prompt addresses a particular person in your life, here are some questions to think about. 

  • How did you meet this person?
  • What is your relationship with this person?
  • What kind of first impression did they give you?
  • Did they help or encourage you in any way?
  • How have they served as a role model to you or to others?

When writing about an event or memorable moment in your life, ask yourself:

  • Who was with you at the time the event happened?
  • When did the event happen?
  • Sights, sounds, tastes, smells, and feelings are important. Provide as many details as possible.
  • Do you wish to experience the event again?
  • What will you perhaps do differently in the future if you have the experience again?

If the prompt asks you to write about a creative story, ask yourself:

  • What are the characters in the story?
  • How are the characters related to each other?
  • What is the central plot?
  • Are there any conflicts or struggles between the characters?
  • How does the story end, and how do you want the reader to feel after reading your story?