Writing Workshop For Kids Ages 6-10

Posted by Sue Swinger-Ellbogen on August 3, 2013 at 12:25 PM

Tools: Paper and Pencil




Five Components of fiction writing:


Start with facts and use your imagination to make up a story about the facts.



1. Character: Who the story is about. The name of your favorite animal for example.


2. Setting: Where the story takes place like ocean, forest, city, country, or desert.


3. Detail: Things that make the character special like color, size, personality, or age.


4. Detail: Things your character can do such as eat, play, run, swim, climb, or fly.


5. Detail: Abilities your character has like strength, speed, gentleness, clever, or funny.


Congratulations! You have everything you need to write your first story.


Example #1:




My favorite animal is a Llama named Rosé. Rosé lives in the country and is very strong. She is tall and is reddish-brown. She likes to take me for a ride on her back. Rosé is very gentle and makes sure I do not fall off.




“I wish I could go to my Nonna’s house,” said Alison. She crossed her arms and sighed dramatically. Alison’s mom stopped putting flowers in the vase and looked at Alison’s sad face. “Would you and Rosé like to walk down the lane to Nonna’s house?”


“Oh, yes,” said Alison. She clapped her hands and danced with her feet. “I would like that very much.” She raced for the door.


When Rosé and Alison started walking down the dusty lane Alison remembered she had forgotten her sandals. She was hopping on first one foot then another because the dirt was burning the bottom of her feet.


Suddenly Alison had an idea. “Rosé, can I get on your back and ride to Nonna’s house?” Rosé was a big, tall animal with shaggy white and brown fur and a very long neck. Rosé was happy for Alison to ride on her back because Rosé is a very strong animal.


However, neither Alison nor Rosé could quite figure out how Alison was going to get up on Rosé’s back. They pondered and pondered while standing on grass in the shade under a big red, oak tree.


“Maybe we can get a ladder,” said Alison. But they did not know where to find one. “What about a big step stool?” But they would have to walk back home on the hot dirt road to find one. “Maybe Grandpa will come by and help us.” But Grandpa did not come by.


All of a sudden Alison had a good idea. “How about if I climb up in the oak tree and crawl out on a branch right above Rosé and drop down on your back. Rosé did not like this idea because Alison might fall out of the tree and get hurt.


Then Rosé had an idea. She walked over to a fence and waited for Alison to climb the fence and get on Rosé’s back. The fence was just high enough to reach Rosé but not too high to be dangerous.


Alison climbed up the fence taking care not to get stuck with the barbed wire on the top row. Rosé stood close to the fence and Alison hopped onto Rosé’s back She twisted Rosé’s fur in her hand to hold on as Rosé started walking.


Soon Alison got tired of the bouncing around on Rosé’s back. Fortunately, Nonna’s driveway was just ahead. Alison slid off Rosé’s back holding onto Rosé’s neck until her toes touched the ground.


Rosé and Alison trotted down the driveway where Nonna was waiting with cookies and milk.


Example #2:




Landon the leopard is my favorite animal. Landon lives in the Kalahari Desert near the Limpopo River in Africa. Landon is a leopard cub and belongs in the wilderness. Landon is white with brown spots all over his body. Landon can run very fast.




Dodge peeked out his window to see if Landon was still hiding in the rose garden. The white roses were a perfect camouflage for Landon.


“Yes! There he is,” said Dodge. He pumped his arm in victory and ran outside.


Landon the Leopard does not belong in Dodge’s backyard. Landon belongs in the Kalahari Desert near the Limpopo River in Africa.


Dodge dug out the piece of steak he saved from dinner and flung it to the leopard cub. Landon gulped the food greedily and looked for more.


“I will find some more food for you,” promised Dodge. He dashed back to the house to get ready for school.


All day Dodge worried about Landon. He knew he had to get more food for the growing cub.


Dodge saved his sandwich and fed Landon as soon as he got off the school bus. Dodge used the water hose to fill Landon’s water bowl. But he was still worried about how to care for the cub.


“What’s wrong, Dodge?” asked his mom. “You seem worried.”


“Well, I do have a little problem,” he confessed. “I don’t think Dad will be happy about a secret I have.” Dodge’s mother stopped stirring the stringy spaghetti.


“Dad has always been fair so I don’t think you need to fret. It is best to not keep secrets that worry you.”


“The other night I heard a noise outside my window,” said Dodge. “I thought I saw a big cat but it was not a cat. Then I thought it was a small puppy, but it was not a puppy.”


“Go on,” urged Dodge’s dad. “What was it?”


“ I looked it up on the Internet and it is a leopard cub.” Dodge waited to see his dad’s reaction.


“Let me take a look at it,” said his dad. “Leopard’s don’t live in backyards.” Dodge’s dad squatted down and looked at the cub intently.


“You are right, Dodge, this is a leopard cub. People need to understand that they should not buy wild animals. A wild animal should always live in the wild.


“What can we do, Dad? Landon does not have a mom or dad to take care of him?” said Dodge.


“We will take Landon to an animal sanctuary where they will let him live until they can find a zoo for him. That will be the most like his natural habitat.”


Dodge was sad to leave Landon at the animal sanctuary but Landon happily scampered over the rocky ground that was just like his home in Africa. Dodge waved goodbye.


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