• * Thank you Mrs. Conahan for this wonderful page!


     Seed Ideas...
    where writers keep track of lists, images, feelings, and events that might turn into great stories.
    Stuck?  Make some lists.  Challenge yourself to brainstorm a single topic for ten minutes.  It might seem like forever, but you'll be surprised how many ideas you have!
       ♦  Things I love.
       ♦  Things I can't stand!
       ♦  Places I have traveled/would like to visit.
       ♦  I know a lot about...
       ♦  Things that make me laugh.
       ♦  Embarrassing moments.
       ♦  If I ruled the world...
       ♦  Boring things.
      ♦   The first time I...
      ♦   The last time I... 
       ♦   Times I learned important things about myself. 

    Here's a fabulous way to generate a story idea. 
    Just pull the lever and see what you get!
    Another great place to explore is Story Bird.
    rules writers follow.
    Schoolhouse Rock is genius!
    Writing Contests...if that's your thing.
    PBS Kids (for kindergarten-third only)
    The Betty Award (featuring cash prizes!) 
    Beat poetry appeared on the scene in the late 1940s and early 1950s, as people tried to make sense of life after WWII.  Anyone interested in changing the way people thought and wrote through poetry could be a beatnik poet, but many of the most famous came from New York City and San Francisco. The stereotype of a beatnik poet is someone standing alone at a microphone, wearing a beret, reciting something serious and deep. Bongos, sunglasses, turtlenecks. You get the idea. Here are a few videos to spoofing beat poetry:
    • Tom Hanks performs a Full House poem--hilarious! 
    • Sesame Street has a great AT poem. 
    • Beatnik Alphabet 
     Of course not all poetry performances fit the beatnik stereotype!
    • Asha Christensen performs a poem about writer's block at TedXKids. 
    • Harry Baker performs a poem about prime numbers and explains what a poetry slam is. 
    Typing Practice
    There's no doubt about it.  Writing is hard work.  At least good typing skills make the mechanics of it a little easier! 
    Thanks, Jamison, for telling us about freetypinggames.net
    Big Brown Bear...look at the  choices along the left side of the page. 
    Click here for a variety of typing games, including "Type for Your Life" and "Typing Chef"