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Write With Top Ten Lists to Beat Cabin Fever

By Lily Iatridis  January 28, 2014

Still struggling with cabin fever after the most recent storm?

There's nothing easier than making a Top Ten list around a fun topic to quickly engage all your kids and generate a lively discussion.

Top Ten topic lists can include:

  • Favorite foods, video games, movies, vacations, family stories,
  • Best places your kids would like to visit or have visited,
  • Bucket lists,
  • Biggest obstacles overcome, or
  • The funniest things they've ever seen, heard or done.

And not only that, but a Top Ten activity sets the stage for an easy and free flowing writing assignment.

Here's how to get started.

1. Have kids work individually to come up with their own ideas for about 10-15 minutes.

2. Share and discuss everybody's choices in a small group. Encourage everybody to tell why they made those choices and put them in that order. This is where critical thinking and public speaking practice comes into play. As a teacher and parent, you can start by sharing your own top ten list first.

3. Create a final top ten list either individually or as a whole group, depending on your kids' age ranges and how well they work together.

4. Follow up with some writing skills building. Younger kids can write short paragraphs, and teens can write an essay.

Writing about your own interests, like a Top Ten list, is basically writing about yourself. This is known as personal narrative or personal statement writing. Usually it's pretty uncomfortable to write about yourself and have other people read it.

But it's important for your kids to get comfortable with that. If they decide to go to college, they'll have to write about themselves a lot for their college application essays.

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