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Time4Writing has courses for elementary and primary school students at the beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. Scroll down to find the right course for your child. View our Elementary School Writing Overview or browse the individual courses below.


Elementary School Beginner Courses

Elementary School Grammar 

This course has been created for the youngest eager writers, starting at 2nd grade. During the eight week pre-sentence course, students are introduced to parts of speech and how to recognize and use them in a sentence. Students are taught to recognize and form a complete sentence with a subject and predicate. Students also learn to recognize basic capitalization rules and proofreading strategies. Through online tutoring by a certified teacher, classroom and homeschooled students alike improve their writing skills as they learn the fundamentals of proper grammar.

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Elementary School Sentences  *This course begins every day.

Students learn to write and revise their own complete sentences, with descriptive details. Gaining knowledge on the four sentence types as well subject-verb agreement, students write sentences correctly, and with confidence. Acting as an online writing tutor, a certified teacher instills these foundational principles to students through engaging exercises and encouraging feedback as they learn to construct clear and grammatically correct sentences.

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Elementary School Intermediate Courses

Elementary School Paragraphs  *This course begins every day.

Students learn the parts of a paragraph as well as how to put them together to make a perfect paragraph. Learning to write different types of paragraphs and learning to write in chronological order, students come away ready to start learning about essays. A certified teacher, acting as an online writing tutor,  presents creative writing ideas and instruction allowing both traditional students and homeschoolers to build a strong foundation for essay writing through paragraph practice.

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Elementary School Advanced Courses

Elementary School Essays  *This course begins every day.

This course introduces elementary students to longer forms of writing. It prepares students for essay writing by engaging them in the process of writing various types paragraphs such as expository, persuasive, and narrative. The culminating activity of the course is writing a five paragraph narrative essay. Each student works one-on-one with a certified teacher, who acts as an online writing tutor providing personalized feedback, guidance, and assistance.

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Elementary School Narrative Writing *This course begins every day.

Young students have a natural fascination with the animal kingdom, and in this new course, they will get a chance to tell Wild Animal Tales! While learning how to use narratives to entertain their readers, they will also be working through the five stages of the writing process: prewriting, planning, drafting, revision, and editing. Certified writing teachers will help elementary students gain important skills in research, plot and character mapping, and recognizing their own writing errors.

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Elementary School Informative Writing *This course begins every day.

Advanced elementary writers will be “wild” about the newest Time4Writing course addition, Informative Writing**. Using multimedia tools, young writers will stretch their writing muscles by researching a wild animal and then creating a multimedia slideshow to showcase their findings. As they take part in the eight-week course, students will work with their online certified teacher to understand each stage of the writing process: prewriting, planning, drafting, revision, and editing.

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**This is an advanced course, designed for students with some technical know-how.

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Elementary School Writing Apps and Websites

By getting kids writing early and often, we prepare them to succeed across all subjects. As writing abilities improve, students will be able to communicate knowledge learned and demonstrate mastery of skills. Whether they’re practicing storytelling, reflecting on a prompt, or peer editing, students will be working on essential self-expression and social skills. Give your students a leg up with these great picks for elementary school-age kids that’ll get them writing and sharing.

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Writing Platforms and Communities

Write About

Engaging prompts, flexible collaboration options empower young writers

Bottom line: A solid choice for helping students grow as writers and editors.

Grades: 1–12
Price: Free to try, Paid

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Collaborative writing platform has the potential to motivate

Bottom line: There’s creativity possibility in this tool’s unique brand of collaborative and competitive writing, but teachers should take care to keep things positive, especially for less confident students.

Grades: 3–8
Price: Free, Paid Pro version ($4.99 per month or $55 per year) adds teacher tools like grading, rubrics, and performance charts of students’ progress.

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Customizable classroom blogs get students writing and collaborating

Bottom line: This rich and safe blogging tool makes it easy for teachers and students to extend the classroom into a wider community.

Grades: 3–12
Price: Free, Paid Basic free version. $7.95 per month or $39.95 per year for Pro account.

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Well-structured lessons encourage deep analysis, thoughtful writing

Bottom line: This is a ready-to-go, research-backed resource that focuses intently on CCSS-aligned and AP-level critical reading and writing skills.

Grades: 3–12
Price: Free, Paid Free Basic version limited to four grade band-based differentiation levels, short reading lessons, and multiple-choice assessments. Paid Premium version adds 10 levels of differentiation (grades 3-12), more in-depth and varied lessons, writing benchmarking, rubrics, data dashboards, and more. Contact for a quote.

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Smart writing platform places focus on feedback and revision

Bottom line: While there’s some room for improvement, this tool is rock-solid pedagogically and can be the engine of your classroom’s writing process.

Grades: 3–12
Price: Free to try 30-day free trial. Classroom subscriptions start at $5 per student per year. School price available upon request.

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NaNoWriMo Young Writers Program

Wildly engaging contest turns students into novelists in 30 days

Bottom line: A thoughtful adaptation of the famous and fun grown-up novel writing contest, NaNoWriMo Young Writers Program is brimming with advice and encouragement as well as classroom support.

Grades: 4–12
Price: Free

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Storytelling and Book Makers

Tell About This

Photo and word prompts inspire storytelling; app records the results

Bottom line: Versatile tool can be used as a pre-writing or publishing activity.

Grades: Pre-K–1
Price: Free to try, Paid Free trial version includes one sample prompt in each category. Full version includes 100 prompts.

  • Download from App Store

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WriteReader Classroom

Versatile, easy-to-use book maker for beginner writers

Bottom line: Empowering tool will make kids want to write.

Grades: Pre-K–1
Price: Free

  • Download from App Store

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Write About This

Fun pictures and prompts are great for getting kids to start writing

Bottom line: The tool’s flexibility for many possible applications makes it an excellent bet.

Grades: Pre-K–5
Price: $2.99-3.99 There’s a free version available with limited features called Write About This Lite.

  • Download on Google Play
  • Download from App Store

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My Story Book Creator School Edition

Sleek platform is a great artistic tool, intro to digital creation

Bottom line: This is a great and accessible option for getting kids telling stories and introducing them to digital creation tools.

Grades: K–5
Price: $4.99

  • Download from App Store

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Scribble Press – Creative Book Maker for Kids

Terrific book creator encourages self-expression for all young writers

Bottom line: A quality way for kids to explore storytelling, illustrating, and publishing.

Grades: K–5
Price: $2.99-4.99

  • Download on Google Play
  • Download from App Store

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Social storytelling site helps kids create, publish storybooks

Bottom line: A great fit for teachers looking to develop students’ writing and digital citizenship skills through storybook creation.

Grades: K–12
Price: Free, Paid Teachers create accounts for free with unlimited classes and students. Finished stories are available for purchase. Curriculum and some premium extras are available for $4.99 per student.

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Me: A Kid’s Diary

Unique take on self-exploration relies on prompts to guide reflection

Bottom line: With plenty of ways to express and document their thoughts and more, this app can help students learn something new about themselves.

Grades: 2–5
Price: $2.99

  • Download from App Store

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Shadow Puppet Edu

Resource-rich video slideshow maker a gem for a variety of classrooms

Bottom line: Easy-to-use free tool is a must-have for elementary classrooms; just keep an eye on sharing and privacy.

Grades: 2–12
Price: Free

  • Download from App Store

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Storybook creation site has great support for classrooms

Bottom line: Reliable, easy-to-use storytelling tool gives students solid tools to tell a story, collaborate with others, and share their work.

Grades: 2–8
Price: Free As an option, users can choose to have their creations published. The prices range from $24.95 for a hardcover book to $12.95 for a paperback, although books over 16-20 pages incur an extra $0.25 per page. There’s also an option for a digital version of the book for $2.95.

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Book Creator

Magically easy way to create and publish digital books and multimedia

Bottom line: This is a top-quality creation tool that lets students of many ages and abilities publish their own digital books.

Grades: 3–12
Price: Free, Paid Free version supports one library and 40 books. For $60 per year, this expands to three libraries with 60 books each. $120 per year supports 10 libraries with 100 books each.

  • Download from App Store

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For Special Needs Students

Kid in Story Book Maker

Easy-to-make personalized stories can help boost social skills

Bottom line: A must-have story creation tool for teachers in special-needs settings.

Grades: Pre-K–1
Price: $6.99

  • Download from App Store

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Useful text-to-speech app and extension unlocks the written word

Bottom line: A valuable tool to make classroom use of websites and digital documents more accessible to all students.

Grades: K–12
Price: Free to try 30-day free trial. $145 per year for a single license and access to Read&Write across all platforms. School and district licenses also available.

  • Download on Google Play
  • Download from App Store

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Fabulous tool can help kids create social stories

Bottom line: Pictello is a great way for kids to create social stories that can help them find their unique voice and prepare for internal and external struggles.

Grades: 1–5
Price: $19.99

  • Download from App Store

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CAST UDL Book Builder

Sensitively designed so any student can write and share books

Bottom line: CAST UDL Book Builder is an excellent resource to get kids started on digital content creation; it’s simple and straightforward and caters to a variety of learning styles.

Grades: 1–7
Price: Free

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