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Connect a wide range of literature concepts where writers demonstrate mastery through creative writing.
Using "The Five Step Process," and picture prompts, is a wonderful way to get your students excited about creative writing.
Students read the book Wilfred Gordon McDonal Patridge about memories and complete a creative writing piece about their own memories. For this memories lesson plan, students use a graphic organizer and edit their stories.
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.
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. 
Vivid descriptions are the heart of good writing. Present your class members four telling sentences and work with them to transform the samples into strong showing writing.
Young scholars integrate Author and Biography study with Students personal perspective. They make connections between research and creative writing. Young scholars enrich research and critical thinking skills. They encourage students to think about and develop their own life stories.
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 instructional activity culminates in a creative writing project where they write from the perspective of a carver from Tenochtitlan.
There are many interesting ways to help students develop their creative writing skills through writing prompts and games.
Learners 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. Learners study bookmaking techniques from ancient and modern cultures for inspiration.
Fifth graders explore the Civil War by creatively writing about the famous time. In this U.S. history lesson, 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.
Help your class explore journalism by participating in a creative writing activity. They will discuss who, what, when, where, why, and how as they help in the writing process. They will examine a story pyramid and create a story that adheres to that format. This is in an article format that can be used as a instructional activity. Other article links are included.
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.
Students use photographs as a basis for a creative writing piece that explores the characters, relationships, and settings revealed in the images.
Focus on building suspense as well as evaluating web sites through creative writing. After introducing the idea of suspense and holding a discussion, class members complete a WebQuest, during which they find inspiration for their own scary story.
Students write story starters to begin the writing process. In this creative writing lesson, students examine story starters and review the structure of paragraphs. Students create their own story starters that engage readers by setting tone.
A six-week unit takes high schoolers through various works of African-American literature, including poems, plays, and short stories. The lesson plan format includes a week-by-week description of activities, goals, materials, and assessments. Use this format during Black History Month or in a multicultural literature unit.
Students select a piece of their original writing to transition to a short movie. An appropriate use of credits, visuals, editing, and music are fostered in this lesson. The projects are converted to CDs which can be shown at a film festival.
Students practice creative writing. They write an imaginative story in which quarters escape from the space shuttle and ends up in the hands of an alien. Students brainstorm ideas, write a draft, revise, and edit their composition.
Tap into writing skills in your science class with this creative writing activity! Get your class to learn the words mitochondria, cytoplasm, chloroplast, chlorophyll, nucleolus, nucleus, tissues, organs, vacuole, and chromosome by writing a brief collaborative story in 25 minutes. This will be a challenge for learners, but could prove to be very engaging!