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Creative Writing – 3rd/4th Grades
by Elaine Ernst Schneider
June 25, 2001

Merriam Webster's Elementary Dictionary


Basic writing skills should include correct spelling, strong sentence structure, and standard punctuation. For each of these lessons, you will write a short story. Have it corrected for the above-mentioned errors. Rewrite it and then put it in a notebook or on the refrigerator to admire! 

The Topic:

In The Bowl
 You and Mom are making cookies.  Mom turns around to turn the oven on, leaving you to stir the mixture in the bowl. Before your eyes, a cookie man pops us and begins to dance in the bowl. What do you do?

The Topic:

Talk, My Friend
 It’s been a terrible day. You have gone to the stables to talk to your horse. Your horse is a friend. He will listen. As you pour out your heart to your horse, your friend, he nods his head as if he understands. Just then, you hear a rustling in the hay behind you. You turn to look but see no one. “It’s nothing,” a voice says. “Keep talking.” You quickly scan the entire barn for signs of a human. There is no one in the stable but you and your horse. Could the horse have talked?


Submitted by:  Copyright© Elaine Ernst Schneider  is a freelance writer and a teacher. She has been writing since high school and has published articles, songs, and children's work. Presently, Elaine is a curriculum author for Group Publishing and also writes the City Songs column for ezine.  Send your feedback to Elaine
Sometimes I let my children tell me the story first, I write it out (using correct punctuation etc.) and then they read it back to me. I also have tried tape recording their stories, but have not had much success keeping the background sound effects from overpowering the story line when trying to transcribe it later. Those sibling ad libs (giggles, screams etc.) are a little distracting for all participants. J Mikola
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