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Fostering Creative Writing
There are many interesting ways to help students develop their creative writing skills through writing prompts and games.
Creative Writing - The Five Step Story Process
Using "The Five Step Process," and picture prompts, is a wonderful way to get your students excited about creative writing.
I, the basket: Writing a first-person story as an inanimate object
Don't just teach your ELA class about point-of-view, get them writing! Read the illustrated book I, Doko: The Tale of a Basket to your class and discuss how the story is told from the first-person point of view of an inanimate object: a basket. Use the included worksheets, pictures, and research activities to get your class further exploring this style of creative writing. By the end of these four days of planned activities, your young writers will be able to tackle their own first-person narrative!
Creative Writing: Children's Building Blocks
Your class can participate in a writing program involving four building blocks. By exploring words, sentences, writing forms, and story organization, they improve their creative writing skills throughout this year-long unit. Early in the unit, students write autobiographies and progress through biographies, letters, and poems and end with stories.
Students criticially read an unfinished creative writing piece, answer factual questions concerning the piece, and then finish the story or create their own story about their own neigborhood and possible environmental issues.
Creative Writing Workshop (Middle, Reading/Writing)
Bring this lesson into your unit about creative writing and precise language. First, middle schoolers create a piece of writing with the help of their classmates. In the second part of this workshop, they edit their own piece of writing. This exercise allows them to use their knowledge of grammar and word choice in their writing.
Halloween Literature Unit: Creative Writing Project
Students practice their creative writing skills and build cooperative learning skills. In this creative writing project, students review parts of a story. Students reinforce the concept of sequencing and develop stronger writing skills. Students are presented with an illustration they describe and put in sequence as it relates to the topic of the book.
A BIOGRAPHICAL JOURNEY: USING THE LITTLE PRINCE TO EXPLORE BIOGRAPHY & CREAIVE WRITING
Students integrate Author and Biography study with Students personal perspective. They make connections between research and creative writing. Students enrich research and critical thinking skills. They encourage students to think about and develop their own life stories.
Lesson Plan: Carving Through History
Peek into the art and history of ancient Mexico by analyzing the artifact Stone Serpent Heads. Learners examine images of the piece, discuss its origin, history, and significance. They experience the carving process by creating similar pieces from clay or soap. The lesson culminates in a creative writing project where they write from the perspective of a carver from Tenochtitlan.
2002: The Year In Review
Young scholars research and create a book highlighting significant events and trends throughout the world in the year 2002. Then, through creative writing, they respond to the events or trends themselves and how they affected our world.
A Tour Through the Circulatory System
Use Microsoft Publisher to create a brochure tracing the path blood flows through the body. Working in cooperative groups, seventh graders use creative writing skills to create a "travel" brochure written from the viewpoint of a drop of blood. This would be a great cross-curricular lesson between science and language arts.
Young scholars analyze the characteristics of technical writing and identify its differences with creative writing. They write step-by-step instructions for using a mouse trap.
Judging a Book by Its Cover
Young scholars explore the relationship between the form of books and the content inside. In this book exploration lesson, students use a piece of their creative writing as inspiration; they author a written book and design a cover that reflects the content of their story. Young scholars study bookmaking techniques from ancient and modern cultures for inspiration.
Civil War Tribune
Fifth graders explore the Civil War by creatively writing about the famous time. In this U.S. history activity, 5th graders research newspapers from the Civil War era and color in a black and white photograph taken at the time. Students write their own newspaper articles based on the photograph they select and re-write their article over several days.
Slaves, the Labor Force, and the Economy
Students examine critical role that slaves, freemen, and plebeians played in the Roman Empire. They complete creative writing that addresses how the Roman class system and the use of slavery contributed to the downfall of the Roman Empire.
Water Creative Writing
Students red and discuss an example of a biographical essay. They read The Last of the Falling Tide by Car Hiassen, answer factual questions concerning the work, and create their own story about a natural place they are familiar with , and any environmental problems that exist.
Creative Writing in Journals
Creative writing and journal writing are the focus in the language arts lesson presented here. Learners review a variety of types of writing. They look at simile, metaphor, personification, and alliteration. Everyone goes to a comfortable spot in the room and begins to write in their journals. They are instructed to write about exactly where they are, what they see, what sounds they hear, and how they are feeling. Future writing sessions take place outside and also include elements of creative writing by pretending they are in a cocoon.
Revise Creative Writing to Include Descriptive Details
Poetry can be a powerful, visual experience when authors use details that fully depict the scene. Show your class how to modify their drafts to include more effective details with the video or slides included here. The narrator starts out by reviewing the prompt that the lesson is based on (a poetry response to Emily Dickinson's poem "The Wind's Visit"). Then, she takes a close look at details in her own draft that she feels are not descriptive enough and models how to revise. The process could be used for many different assignments. Listen beforehand to determine if the narrator's voice will command the attention of your class.
Students explore their feelings about the United States' invasion of Iraq. Using newspaper headlines and articles as a starting point, students express their emotions through creative writing.
Crazy Critters are Figuratively Fantastic
Eighth graders use creatures created from their imaginations to practice hyperbole, simile, metaphor, and alliteration in association with creative writing. They utilize a worksheet imbedded in this plan to guide their writing.