Lessons from the Ledge (PDF)


Lesson plans for teaching creative writing skills.

Grades 4-10



Robyn Whyte

Pacific Edge Publishing

60 pp, blackline masters

Level: Grades 4-10


Lessons from the Ledge is a set of lesson plans for teaching creative writing. Lessons focus on skill development and writing in different forms: plot, character, personal voice, point of view, setting, poetry, songwriting, greeting cards and narrative letter writing are some of the topics addressed. Simple format and easy-to-follow instructions make planning and implementation of these ideas quick and easy for busy teachers. The lessons are adaptable and can be used in classes from grades 4 to 10. This resource, created from classroom experience, will help both novice teachers and old pros plan effective writing lessons.



Robyn Whyte has also written Police Issue, a romance novel published by Publish America.


Table of Contents 

– Preface
– Writing Myths
– Writing a Memoir

– Maria’s Memoir

– Writing a Personal Profile
– Greg John’s Personal Profile
– Writing a Biography
– Writing a Personal Letter
– Writing the Weather
– Writing Dialogue

– Sample Dialogue 1
– Sample Dialogue 2

– Writing Action
– Finding Your Own Voice
– Walking in Someone Else’s Shoes
– Writing Character
– Writing Setting
– Writing a Picture Book
– Writing Greeting Cards
– Writing Graffiti
– Writing Around an Object
– Writing a Cartoon Strip
– Writing Humour
– Writing a Story Opening
– Plotting a Story
– The Hero’s Journey and Screen Writing

– Star Wars Worksheet
– Hero’s Journey Worksheet

– Writing Fables
– Writing Point of View
– Writing Advice
– Writing a Radio News Broadcast
– Writing a Fan Letter

– Sample Fan Letter

– Creating an Imaginary Creature
– Writing a Television Commercial
– Writing Instructions

– Learning To Cross-Stitch

– Word Work – For Fun!
– Writing Chain Stories
– Costume Design
– Writing about Dreams
– Writing about a Photo
– Writing about an Actual Event
– Writing Gravestones
– Writing Tall Tales
– Writing Fractured Fairy Tales
– Writing From an Ending

– Story Endings

– Writing Testimonial Letters

– Sample Testimonial Letter

– Using Sentence Length