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In this cleverly devised creative writing instructional activity, elementary schoolers pick four numbers which guide them in writing a story. The numbers are associated with setting, characters, time frame, and plot. They must create a story based on the numbers they pick. I like the randomness of this idea, and I think it would be a hit with the kids. Every story will be different!
Introduce your middle school writers to a higher level creative writing activity. They become familiar with the literary term pun, and illustrate their writing with clipart they find online. They complete a worksheet on puns in which they identify which word creates the pun.
Writers are assigned to develop a creative writing piece of their choice. Approaches designed for each of multiple intelligences include writing a short story, devising analogies, working with word magnets, composing lyrics, and more. A template for composing a sonnet (complete with stanza format, rhyme scheme indicators, and final rhyming couplet) is included.
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.
Students determine what grammar is and how they have learned it. In this creative writing lesson, students read "Style' Gets New Elements," and respond to the discussion questions. Students then present grammatical rules to one another using songs, dance, poetry, and skits. Extension activities are provided with this lesson.
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 plan culminates in a creative writing project where they write from the perspective of a carver from Tenochtitlan.
Art acts as inspiration for a conversation about human impact on the environment and creative writing. The class examines three pieces, looking for evidence of human impact on the landscape. They then write a first-person narrative, from the perspective of a human from the past. Pupils explore feelings of change, as their narrative describes what life in the altered modern landscape is like.
The blanket being analyzed here seems simple and plain, but it reflects the culture and geography of the people who made it. Learners critically examine the influence geography and culture had on the creation of the blanket and on themselves. They create collages and write creative pieces that reflect their understanding of how they have personally been shaped by the world around them.
A new way to connect visual art and creative writing is on the horizon. Kids first identify the characters in the painting Rabbit Hunt, then write narrative from the perspective of one of the characters in the painting. They combine their narratives in small groups to compose a short story. Now this is collaborative learning!