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Writing Prompts: Make it Flow

Author-Inspired Writing Prompts

Whether you’re back in the classroom, teaching virtually, or something in between, here are some ideas to get students in the “write” mood.  Take advantage of the voices of published authors and illustrators in these original source selections, designed to guide every writer through the creative process.

Explore other posts in this Writing Prompts Series!


Make it Flow

Fluency in writing takes practice and aims to create a natural flow that lets you escape into the book.  As you practice your own writing, consider these resources showcasing multiple ways to look at fluency and writing style.

Reflect on the process of finding flow in writing with this Meet-the-Author Recording for Ordinary Hazards.  Nikki Grimes discusses how the flow of a story may not come to you right away— sometimes it has to be written in different formats and may take years before it feels right.
Listen to Thanhhà Lại discuss language fluency and see how she worked spoken language challenges into her writing in this Meet-the-Author Recording of Butterfly Yellow.
Read aloud this Reader’s Theater script of What Do You Do With a Voice Like That by Chris Barton to practice fluency. Compare the flow of writing between the Google Preview and the Reader’s Theater script.
Watch the Complete Video Reading of the poem “Forgiveness” narrated by author Charles Waters as a powerful example of fluent reading and writing.
Photo of Kate DiCamillo
Find out how Kate DiCamillo’s writing style influences her word choice by watching her Meet-the-Author Movie. Then, like Kate, read from her books aloud.
Explore other titles with Meet-the-Author Recordings for more inspiration.

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