A whole year of creative writing lessons in one volume!

Adaptable for grades 1-8

It's finally here: the first full school year of Sparks lessons. 37 dynamic lessons, tested in classrooms all over the world, are now available as a downloadable document. If you're looking for something that will get your students excited about writing, this is it!

Don't take my word for it. If you haven't had a chance, read the enthusiastic reviews of teachers who have used these creative writing prompts with their students.

What makes Sparks so different from the other books of creative writing prompts?

• Each lesson comes with a visual prompt. Most of these are images I've created to stimulate imaginations or students' senses of humor. Some are website pages. These extra visual aids help to focus the attention of children

The lessons coax children outside their writing comfort zone. These lessons are creative! I help around 12,000 elementary students each year invent stories . I know what sparks kids' imaginations. Through brainstorming and random connections, your students will begin think of their writing time as fun. They won't even notice that they're writing about topics they never tackled before.

The book is in pdf form. There's no need to squash a book onto a fussy copy machine. These lessons and the images can be printed directly from your computer. Also, some lessons come with links to helpful sites related to the topic. Click on the links and you're there. Try that with a printed book!

• The lessons are adaptable to most grades. I have teachers on my mailling list who use these from first grade through high school. Some are lessons may be too young for the youngest of writers and some may be a bit juvenile for accomplished writers, but the concepts will inspire you with new approaches to writing.

• No tax! No shipping! No waiting! Click on the BUY NOW button below and within minutes you'll have the file and be ready to use the lessons. For those of you who don't have high-speed internet, I also have the option of purchasing the book on a CD which I'll mail to you. There is an additional shipping charge with that.

Holidays around which lessons are built include:

• World Egg Day

• Squirrel Appreciation Day

• Unique Names Day

• Fortune Cookie Day

• Underdog Day

• World Hello Day

Lessons built on birthdays include:

• C.S. Lewis, writer

• Edward Lear, father of the limerick

• Norman Rockwell, illustrator

• Aaron Copland, composer

• Harold Lloyd, silent film comedian

• Alfred Eisenstaedt, photographer

• Harry Houdini, escape artist

These lessons can be taught during the week of the event, or can be taught as stand-alone lessons any time of the year.


I'm so convinced you're going to like these lessons, I'll give you a money-back guarantee. Purchase the book, download it, read it over. Try out a lesson with your class. If my approach doesn't work for you, no problem: email me within 45 days of purchase and I'll refund your money. But I think you're going to find your kids are going to love these lessons!

These lessons were first emailed out from
September 2005 through May 2006

Homeschoolers: I have a version for you!

Images that accompany lessons.

The lessons in Year One of Sparks focus on:

- narrative writing
- persuasive essays
- limericks
- dialogue

- inventing words
- writing similes
- inventing a tall tale
- rewriting a fairy tale

See a sample lesson and picture!

A few years ago, the educational publishing world turned their nose up at this idea. It didn't fit their mold. That's why I took it right to the consumer: teachers like you. If you're tired of the rigid, uninvolving writing curriculum that leaves kids bored, then it's time for you to Spark things up!

Put the creative back into your class's creative writing!

Bruce Van Patter
author, illustrator and creative writing motivator

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Writing lessons for first grade! These lessons are great for second grade students, too! Third grade kids love these writing lessons. If you're a fourth grade teacher, these writing lessons are fabulous! Many fifth grade classes enjoy these lessons! Sixth grade kids need inspiration in writing. These lessons will motivate them.

Creative writing lessons for 1st grade! These lessons are great for 2nd grade students, too! 3rd grade kids love these writing lessons. If you're a 4th grade teacher, these writing lessons are fabulous! Many 5th grade classes enjoy these lessons! 6th grade kids need inspiration in writing. These lessons will motivate them.