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Writing Genres and Ideas
If you are homeschooling a middle school child you are undoubtedly working with your child on his or her writing skills. Here is a list of genres to teach, as well as creative writing assignment ideas.
Genres and Types of Writing to Master by High School:
5.Narrative Writing or Autobiography
7.Poetry-including free verse, Haiku, couplets and Diamante
10.Fantasy Short Fiction, such as a Fairy Tale
12.Dialogue via a short play
Here are some creative ideas to teach the genres of writing listed above:
1.Short Screenplay or Scene
2.Journal or Diary Entries
5.Greeting Card Line
7.Top Ten Lists
8.Changed Song Lyrics
10.How to Manual for a short topic
11.Recipes or Cookbook
12.Graph and Charts with diagrams and explanations
13.Time Line with explanation
14.Book, movie, and television show reviews
15.Comic Strips or Graphic Novel Excerpts
16.Board Game, rules, instructions and template or prototype
17.Test on a current topic or subject being studied
18.Advice Column, as would be in a newspaper
22.Letter of Complaint
23.Investigative Report for a Magazine
26.Science Fiction short piece
27.Video Game Idea/design and description
30.Advertisement and Marketing Ideas for a product
The ideas above are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to creative suggestions. Dynamite Writing Ideas!: Empowering Students to Become Authors by Melissa Forney is an excellent book for continued reference and inspiration for teaching writing. If you are unsure about the exact styles and genres, Scholastic publishes a great book titled Traits of Writing: The Complete Guide for Middle School (Theory and Practice) by Ruth Culham. This guide will make teaching your middle school student writing not only easy, but also fun!
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