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Summer Writing Ideas

  • by Kelly Harmon & Randi Anderson
  • May 6, 2019, 2:15 p.m.


1. Start a Summer Blog

Have students respond to and write blog posts. This could also be a social media page (Facebook) where students can respond to posts and keep in touch with their teacher or school.


2. Summer Writing Contest

Have students write and submit summer poems with illustrations.


3. Post Card Collection

Have students mail a post card from their summer vacation to the school with a short description of where they are. Have the post cards posted on a bulletin board when students arrive at the beginning of the year.


4. School Trip Advisor

Have students write reviews of the places they are visiting this summer. It can be restaurants, hotels, parks, etc.


5. Favorite Things Log

Have students keep a favorite things log through the summer. Check in biweekly to see what students are adding to their list. At the beginning of the school year, have students look over their list. This can also be the student's "writing ideas" list to start off the school year!


6. Virtual Writing Forum

Each week host a virtual writing club through a Skype or Zoom platform. Each meeting can have a different theme such as poetry, script writing, comics, or podcasts. Have students brainstorm together ideas to write about and then have them share their writing the following week.



Kelly Harmon and Randi Anderson

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