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Don't Forget to Write

Two Volumes of Enthralling and Effective Writing Lessons for Elementary and Secondary Grades

Don’t Forget to Write: 50 Enthralling and Effective Writing Lessons for the Elementary Grades includes writing prompts for students ages 5-12. The book features amazing contributors, such as Jon Scieszka, author of The Stinky Cheese Man books, and irresistible lessons centered on fun themes such as space travel for beginners, integrating movement and storytelling, and writing for your favorite pet.

Its counterpart, Don't Forget to Write: 50 Enthralling and Effective Writing Lessons for the Secondary Grades, is perfect for students 11 and up. Contributors with lesson plans such as crafting a young-adult novel, songwriting, and writing from experience include:
  • Kristen Schaal, Comedian and The Daily Show contributor
  • Sarah Vowell, Author and Essayist
  • Dave Eggers, Author and Editor of McSweeney's
  • Ellie Kemper, star of television's The Office

Both books include a foreword by 826 co-founder Dave Eggers and were edited by long-time 826michigan volunteer and author Jennifer Traig. Each lesson has been developed in conjunction with 826 programs and workshops to unlock the art and fun of writing for even the most resistant of students. These make the perfect gift for teachers this holiday season!

"There is revolutionary movement afoot. We strike soon. Our goal is to take over the world and make it much more interesting. These are the plans right here. Take them and spread the word. But, be warned: Doing so could lead to a sweeping tide of creativity and inspiration across the globe."
- Lemony Snicket, author of A Series of Unfortunate Events

Purchase the elementary edition (ages 5-12).

Purchase the secondary edition (ages 11 and up).