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I've got 2 boys ages 13 and 15 and I want them to learn how to write. I gave them some topics but they can't relate to it.
What in your opinion are good topics for teens to write about?
I think, it is better to write something based on their interest. What they love to do. It will give them the courage and confidence to write since they know the subject well. Like we all know that writing is not for everyone but anyone can try. You can always encourage your kids in a free way.
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This is good idea to give your children some topics. They could easily make one if it is about what they love or even what they don't like. You could ask them what makes them happt everyday. It could be from school, some computer games or sports. By then it was easy for them to choose what could be their topic.
I agree with your suggestion. Ask them what they would like to write about then you can guide them to a certain topic that they are confident to and happy to write about. Being teenagers, they would always try to rescind your take but if you let them choose then it would be much more easier for them and might encourage them to try writing more.
It is always better to have a friendly relationship with the kids than obligating them especially with the things they're not comfortable. Forcing them will not end a good result and it will be a cause of conflict. Parents are great moral supporter and understand their kids emotion.
today some of the children is open obout bullying, but not the cause of when it happen. maybe this topic is to know and learn, to understand the important of what is happen if you are with this.
Yea, bully and it's effects on kids is a nice topic for them to write about since it like one of the ils the go through during their age period.
While it is better to have a healthy relationship with your child so that they can and will talk about anything and everything that is happening to them there are certain situations that they would rather keep a secret. We've been there before, even the slightest problem meant the world to us back when we were teens, what more if your child is experiencing something heavy like bullying. Encouraging them to write about their feelings might be a way for them communicate indirectly and you understanding them more.
More on fiction because it will exercise their creativity but also the art.
More often than not, fiction never fails. You know how teenagers like to live in their own world, so fiction can be a way to recreate what they would like to experience, and that will improve their creativity. Also, they will always add something extra like drama, romance, and comedy, because they will always tend to mix it with their day by day experiences.
You didn't give information for one to really know if it about a novel or an article. But if it about general knowledge they can write about pets and how to care for them or some interesting happening with their age.
I think for teens it would be best to start with short articles. Maybe 500 words? That's easy enough to do. Or is that too much? But yeah something they're interested in would be the best option for beginner writers.
Give them some topics to think about so that they can spend some time on and come up with something useful. Some topics such as Environment pollution, corruption, renewable energy sources are good ones to test.
Usually, is better to respect their own interests, so maybe they are gamers, or they like to practice a sport, or they are fans of a TV show or movie. So, the main point is to give them open field to choose their niche to write about. Otherwise, they will feel somehow pushed, and they will stop writing before they even get started.
They would often write about games, their hobbies, about their love life or their life overall. Most teens now a days are just really writing things that they feel comfortable writing about and want to write what they feel like writing. It's very common for teens to act like this and it's quite easy as well.
Millenials could always relate to gadgets and virtual games. Why not start off practice with writing reviews of gadgets or virtual games? They would be practicing researching at the same time.
This is a good idea. Writing reviews of games or gadgets that they are fond of would be motivate them more. Writing reviews is a good start, they can voice their opinion out while learning about properly expressing their opinion and ideas in written format.
This is a good idea. It may spark their interest in technology and go into a field related to tech. It's better to expose them to many fields while they are young so they'd have something to pursue working on growing up. It's better than just playing games all day.
Like any kind of writing I think it's best to follow your passion. Write about your hobbies and interests. Write about life experiences you've had. Just go with what you know - I think that's the best approach!
It is best if they could write something about what they love and something that relates to them. You can also ask them to write about their opinion on a certain topic so that you may know how they think. Like writing about their favorite teacher. You will probably see what is their take about education. There are lots of things and it would be best if you let them choose so it can be a way of expressing themselves.
You gave me an idea on a good topic subject: School. How bout, what they like about their school most. Another one would be what things should be change in their school to make it more fun to students.
This is really a good topic. As a parent, you should be aware of what your child feel about school since this takes up almost half of their lives. People reveal their feelings when writing compared to talking verbally. This is what I noticed. School is a really go topic and you can bring it up to the teacher if there is anything that is worth mentioning.
It's best to start on topics that are interesting to them. Teens are usually drawn to gadgets, fashion, friendships, school activities, gaming, and adventures and they have a lot to say about these subjects so it should be easier to encourage them to express their ideas in writing. The idea is just to get them to start writing willingly. This works for most adults, too.
Let them read a wide variety of books first in order for them to have a wide variety of references. Aspiring writers should allocate time for reading at least 2 hours per day. It is hard to write something if you do not have enough experiences. By reading books on wide variety of topics gives you a thousand experiences and that will prepare them in their early writing career.
I agree with you on this. Reading is very important for aspiring writers as it inspires and motivates. This is what I do too. Books inspire. It will nurture their imagination. It is best to start early too.
The easiest things for any person to write is about something that they know about, not just the teens. So regarding the teens it should be something they know about and care about. Obviously, priorities vary during each generation and individual, so it all honestly depends on you.
What are some good topics for a teen to write about? In my own opinion, there are tons of topic out there that your teen can write about just try to relate it to their interest. The teen now a day is more focused on social media, gadget, and technologies you can try asking them topics related to this things.
Most of us will recommend some topics about their interest so they could make one easy based on what their love to do but I could also recommend the negative ones or the bad ones that they don't want. It could be the experience from their past and how could it be better if it doesn't good before. They could turn back from the past and learn from those mistakes that they made. It could also help them improve for the future.
You should give them topics based on what they like. Do they like playing games? Let them write something about that game. Do they have hobbies? Ask them to write more about it. Then gradually switch to things they don't know, that way they also get to learn about new things.
That's a splendid idea. I know not of a single child who doesn't like playing games, especially computer games nowadays. I'm sure that in many years my daughter with ease could write about her favorite toys or games that she plays.
You can even start kids writing at a young age if given the right topic! I'm sure it will spark a passion for writing in them. I started at about 7 years of age, I happened to love reading as well so it inspired me to try my hand at writing and making my own story book about a fish. I'm not sure if my mom kept any of my stories. I wish I had the maturity back then to have done so.
Teens go through a lot. Its a difficult phase for most children. I think that if you want to encourage your teens to write this is an excellent idea. I think that you should help them to write about the experiences that they are growing through. If you read the news you will see the statistics for teen suicide are really high, encourage them to write about what they are going through and find healthy solutions.
Great! This is good. When writing, people tend to express freely so this would be the best way to know what your child is going through now. Usually, teens is always undergoing changes and unstable emotions. They are more likely to be secretive to their parents. Writing can be an outlet.
I can share to you my experience when I was still a teenager. My interest in writing poems particularly love poems when I saw my mother's slam book when she was in High School. I was inspired by the romantic poems that I read in her slam book wrote by her classmates. That inspires me to write poems and until now I am making poems.
I remember when I was a teenager, I always write about the person I admire the most. I had a diary at that time and I mostly used that when we got a chance to be together as partners in school and the times when he noticed me. It was the time were in I admired someone a lot to the point where in I created a diary just to write my feelings about that person. I think teenagers are prone to admiration, I don't know if its true as this is what I have observed.
True.At any point in life,one always has a person they admire.That would be a general topic and I trust teens won't have trouble navigating it.
Yes but the good topic that they can write is about how they will be able to help in the community. To share some ideas about social activities and how they will let other young ones to participate in every groups activities or community services.
My suggestion for a topic that will be read by the teens is the way of life in social media. How do the young ones use the social media? That topic would include the bullying as a sub topic, trolling and posers. Those are the things that we encounter in social media which are mostly products of the young users. Perhaps you can also write about the proper manners that one has to observe in the internet.
If you had said teen girls I would have said teenage pregnancy and date rape. But you said you have boys and ... after I thought about it, I thought ... why not suggest those topics for teen boys?
My suggestion is loyalty in a relationship. Your boys will soon start dating and it's important for them to know what a relationship really means. Here in the Philippines, there's this on going show called Pinoy Big Brother where a girl with a boyfriend entered the house and immediately started flirting and developing feelings for a fellow housemate. Mind you these people are like in there teens and millions of people watch the show. Millennial are defending the girl and calling it brave for her that she admitted her feelings for another guy. Old school and people who know the word loyalty begged to disagree. Just imagine how the boyfriend of the girl felt when millions of people watched his girlfriend flirt with another guy on national TV.
I think the best way will be to leave the topics they write about to their choosing. It's a lot easier to write about something you care for and that excites you. That is as opposed to something someone else wants you to care for.
If you really want them to develop their writing skills, give them topics that would not only develop their writing skills but their characters as well. Give them topics that would teach them the words love, respect, honesty, loyalty and faith. It's like hitting two birds with one stone.
Teens love adventure,writing about journeysis appropriate. They will either be creative or give you a true account of a journey they had.This topic is relevant for teens.