Writing for Different Purposes

Writing for Different Purposes will help your child develop an understanding of these concepts and much more:

  • Writing Paragraphs
  • Topic Sentences
  • Describing Words
  • Rhyming Words
  • Timelines
  • Biographies
  • Drafting, Revising & Editing


Introduce your child to the world of writing as you teach them about creating different types of texts, from poems to personal narratives to how-to articles. Through engaging videos, writing exercises, creating illustrations, documenting observations, and much more, your child will learn that writing can help us communicate and express information about ourselves and the world around us.

By the end of this course’s 15 lessons, your child will have a deeper understanding of various forms of writing and be empowered to share their unique observations, opinions, and ideas through writing.

Lesson 1: Paragraph

In this lesson, your child will learn that paragraphs help us organize our thoughts and ideas. They’ll also explore what a topic sentence, supporting sentence, and closing sentence are, and they’ll take a bite out of learning when they create a “paragraph sandwich” poster to illustrate the parts of a paragraph!

Lesson 2: Description

Encourage your child’s observation skills as you teach them about describing words. Through analyzing the features of objects and areas around them and creating a list of what they see, your child will learn about creating descriptive sentences, fostering curiosity and creativity.

Lesson 3: Poems

It’s rhyme time! Through learning about rhyme schemes or the pattern of rhyming words at the end of a line, your child will explore writing poems and practice phonological awareness, which is the ability to hear and manipulate sounds in language. They’ll also use their creativity, which can help them develop a love of poetry!

Lesson 4: Friendly Letter

Hello, friend! In this lesson, your child will learn that friendly letters are used to communicate and maintain relationships with others. They’ll also explore the parts of a letter, including the greeting, body, and closing, and they’ll compose a letter to a family member or friend and put it in the mail!

Lesson 5: Patterned Story

Do you see a pattern here? Writing stories with a pattern is a great way to learn how sentences in a story are connected. In this lesson, your child will have the chance to write their own stories using the patterns they see in three different model stories, helping them develop their writing and storytelling skills.

Lesson 6: Timeline

Creating timelines helps develop chronological thinking and organization skills by showing how events are connected and highlighting cause and effect relationships. In this lesson, your child will explore timeline examples and create their own timeline to retell a story!

Lesson 7: Opinion

What do you think? Learning to write an opinion paragraph helps develop critical thinking skills and the ability to express thoughts and opinions effectively. In this lesson, your child will use the writing process to create a well-written opinion paragraph and ask for feedback on their work, preparing them for more complex writing tasks in the future.

Lesson 8: Revision Tools

Learning how to make revisions is an important skill for budding writers! In this lesson, your child will practice revising their work, helping them become more creative and develop the ability to critique their own writing. They’ll also learn about story hooks and how they’re used to “hook” readers into wanting to learn more!

Lesson 9: Personal Narrative

In this lesson, your child will learn how to write a personal narrative, helping them further develop their writing and communication skills. By practicing this type of writing, your child will be better able to organize their thoughts, sequence events, and expand their vocabulary. This lesson will also help them create a polished narrative by creating a draft and revising and editing their work.

Lesson 10: How-To Article

It’s time to show your know-how! In this engaging lesson, your child will learn to write a how-to article, working with a subject they’re passionate about and organizing their thoughts and ideas in a logical order. This will also help them practice communicating clearly, a valuable skill for future academic success!

Lesson 11: Biography

Everyone has a story to tell! In this lesson, your child will interview and write about a person, building their communication and writing skills. They will also be able to discover that person’s perspective on a subject or idea, helping enhance their ability to listen and observe.

Lesson 12: Report Poster

Start your fact-finding mission in this lesson designed to teach your child about writing a report! Based on a topic of their choice, they’ll get to perform research and create a report poster to illustrate their learning, helping enhance their critical thinking abilities and encouraging their desire to learn more!

Lesson 13: Report, Part 1

Give your child the experience of preparing an informational book in this lesson that further explores writing a report. Documenting facts they already know and using research materials to answer additional questions, your child will create index cards to group facts into categories.

Lesson 14: Report, Part 2

In this lesson, your child will continue the work they started in the Report, Part 1 lesson by adding informational text features. They’ll take their work even further as they divide their report into chapters, and they’ll finalize their informational book by designing front and back covers and creating a digital slideshow!

Lesson 15: Review and Celebrate

It’s time to celebrate your child’s journey through the writing process and let them choose a writing project. Whether it’s writing a patterned story, a personal narrative, or a how-to article or biography, your budding writer will have the opportunity to express their passion and let their new skills shine!

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