Primary and elementary students create storybooks. Google Docs or Microsoft Word templates make learning word processing skills easy for young writers. Fun story writing activities show students how to write, illustrate, edit, and publish stories. Upon completion, authors share their work during story time. Optional activities challenge students with keyboarding tasks, advanced word processing techniques, and the creation of a flipbook.
Language Arts and Digital Literacy Skills
Lessons follow the stages of the writing process, as student plan, write, edit, revise, and publish books.
Engaging Story Writing Activities
Children ages 5-8, write stories such as My Puppy, My Day, and About Me.
Sentence Starters to Support Learners
Suggestions spark inspiration. Such as "What a surprise..." or "A funny thing happened..."
Age-Appropriate Assessment Tools
TechnoStories includes a writing reflection, storybook checklist, and a marking sheet for teachers.
Assignment 1 Edit My Puppy Story
Format text to look like its meaning. Experiment with different typefaces, sizes, and colors.
Assignment 2 Illustrate My Day at School
Learn how to search, filter, and insert images. Apply picture styles to decorate each story page.
Assignment 3 Finish the About Me Story
Apply word processing skills to complete an "About Me" story. Describe what makes them unique.
Assignment 4 Plan Your Story
Use a planning sheet to organize story ideas. It must have a beginning, middle, and end.
Assignment 5 Make a Storybook
Write a story using a template. Sentence starters support reluctant writers.
Assignment 6 Complete Your Storybook
Proofread the story using a checklist.
Assignment 7 Share Your Book at Story Time
Print or pdf the story. Share with family and friends.
Integrate Technology in the Classroom
Optional Story Writing Activities for Kids:
- About the Keyboard: Identify commonly used keys.
- Be a Keyboard Detective: Practice typing capitals, spaces, periods, and symbols.
- Insert a Saved Photo: Decorate the title page with a saved image.
- Story Writing Ideas: Book titles inspire young writers.
- Make a Flip Book: Animate the story pages turning.
Story Writing Activities | Word Processing for Kids
The TechnoStories project can be used as a meaningful way to develop basic keyboarding and word processing skills. The activities gradually build in difficulty. To start, a simple skill is introduced and then students are given an opportunity to practice it repeatedly to gain confidence. Each assignment builds on the skill previously taught. By the end of the project, students will be able to create an original storybook.
Communicate ideas through writing
Plan and organize ideas
Write and illustrate original stories
Edit and revise pieces of writing
Format text and images to enhance writing
Accurately type using the keyboard
Solve design problems
Share a publication with others
Reflect on writing experiences
Search, filter, and insert images
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Great program that I used with my first grade classes. They like the easy to read books and inserting their own clip art. Worked it into the English class as they practiced writing their own sentences for their story. Great resource!
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