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Free Writing Tips

The Co-op is pleased to present free writing tips from Julie Bogart, the creator of the popular Brave Writer writing curriculum.

Time for new nouns!

Talk to your kids about poetry. Then select a poem together and remove all the nouns (words for people, places, and things). Let it rest for a day. The next time you read it, replace all the original nouns with new ones to create a different poem.

For instance, you might turn the line "I wandered lonely as a cloud" into "I wandered lonely as a star," and so on. See what your kids come up with and if it makes as much sense as the original did.

If they want to take it further, try removing all the verbs from the new poem and repeat the process. Before long, the poem will be entirely their own. You can do this exercise as a group or as individuals or both.
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