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[su_heading size=”30″ margin=”40″]Everyone Loves the Superhero[/su_heading]

This is a very easy, but very fun writing assignment. The simple side is that you are going to have your child write about something that all children love: SUPERHEROS. (You might have even more success if you agree to watch their favorite super hero movie or cartoon with them when they finish this assignment.)

[su_heading size=”30″ margin=”40″]Writing Instructions[/su_heading]

Have your children write a story about a new superhero that they are going to create. All they have to do is write a story about this new super hero and make sure that their story answers the following questions. Teach them the difference between providing these facts in a story verses just answering the questions in a report-style paper.

  • What is your superhero’s name?
  • What is your superhero’s power?
  • Is your superhero a boy or a girl, a man or a woman?
  • How did your superhero discover their powers?
  • What does your superhero look like?
  • How tall is your superhero?
  • What color is your superhero’s hair? eyes? skin?
  • What is your superhero’s favorite color?
  • What does your superhero’s suit look like?
  • Where does your superhero live?
  • What does your superhero’s house look like?
  • Where does your superhero work?
  • Who is your superhero’s enemy and when do they meet?
  • Who are your superhero’s best friends?
  • How do you superhero’s friends help out?
  • What is your superhero’s favorite food?
  • How does your superhero battle the bad guys?

This list is infinite in length and detail. It is all up to you, how much time your child has, and how detailed you want them to be. The benefit to the question approach to creative writing, is that the questions can provide a powerful outline to the writing and help get the thoughts rolling.

[su_heading size=”30″ margin=”40″]6 Random Writing Tips[/su_heading]
  1. Paint, draw, and color. Using these creative muscles will strengthen your writing muscles as well.
  2. Detail is super important. Give as many details as you can within the context of the story. This will help your audience get to know your characters in a natural way. Show them in their surroundings and then let the reader simply see the surroundings.
  3. Choose a point of view and then stick with it. Don’t go from first person (a story told from my perspective about what I have experienced) to third person (telling about what he, she, or they did). Keep the perspective the consistent.
  4. Include dialogue. Let the characters within the story get to know each other through their dialogue. Ask yourself, “What would I say to someone in this situation and what would they say back?”
  5. Use more than one sense in your description. What did the wind sound like when you smelled the flowers while on your walk?
  6. Create mystery in your story by giving just enough information to tease your audience without giving everything away in the beginning.

I hope these little tips help you help your children improve their writing and begin to love creative writing assignments. Make sure you come back and check for even more assignments as time goes on.

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