Creative Writing Introduction
Student will use Newsela to find a current news story at their reading level to draw inspiration from. This news story will be the basis on which the student develops their creative writing paper. For example, if I were to find an interesting story about a teacher heroically saving some of her students from a fire, I might be inspired to creatively write about a female superhero who happens to be a teacher.
2 Direct Instruction
Using BoomWriter, students will familiarize themselves with the basic components of a creative writing piece. After providing students with an introduction to creative writing, BoomWriter allows for students to collaborate with one another on short creative stories. BoomWriter will also teach some writing skills necessary for creative writing.
3 Guided Practice
Students will be using an app designated for younger children, that simply provides them with very basic prompts to creatively write about. By breaking off into groups in class and tackling these simple prompts with one another, students will begin to think creatively and develop simple thesis statements or claims about potential papers for each prompt.
4 Independent Practice
After being familiarized with the creative writing process and receiving some good practice with fellow classmates, students will use the initial story they chose on Newsela and one of the prompts from the Prompts app to craft their own five paragraph creative story. Students should refer to the Purdue Online Writing Lab to learn about proper format, punctuation, etc.
5 Wrap Up
After finishing their creative writing paper, students should be encouraged to continue writing and potentially work towards submitting their work to the NaNoWriMo Young Writers Program. This program lets students interact with their peers who share an interest in writing with a fun and easy to use format.
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Creative Writing Introduction
This Creative Writing Introduction is designed to help you in the first few weeks of your Creative Writing class. The assignments and activities below should give your students a basic foundation of writing skills, the writing process, and the different elements of creative writing.
Although you don’t want to hinder your students’ creativity with too much emphasis on grammar, spelling, and sentence structure, it does deserve some consideration. Encourage students to write freely and openly, only editing and proofreading much later in the writing process. This enables them to break free from the constraints that often inhibit complete creativity.
This PowerPoint presentation gives students a good background on the important elements of good writing. Excellent for an introduction.
A useful tool in a creative writing introduction. It helps new writers organize their thoughts and plan out their stories.
Being able to objectively edit your own work is paramount to effective writing. This handout allows students to get in the habit of doing just that.
Another extremely beneficial activity for students is peer editing. By editing and proofreading each other’s work, students become experienced in spotting problems much quicker.
This is a simple handout of six traits that make writers shine above the rest. Pass it out to your students and make sure you go over it and ask students to keep the hand out in their binders at all times.
This PowerPoint covers the important process of writing, not only creatively, but academically. It will prove useful in your students’ other classes as well.
This activity has always proven to be quite successful in all my classes. It is a good first assignment to introduce your students to the fun of writing.
In this activity, students are paired up and instructed to conduct interviews on each other. Afterwards, they will write a biography on their partner.
What would a Creative Writing class be without reading the work of famous writers and authors? Students should continually read others’ work to become better writers and get inspiration.
The only time I give students a study guide and test in Creative Writing is during the Introduction. It’s important for students to study and know what has been covered in this section.
A short test that makes sure your students understand fundamental basics about writing, not only creatively, but academically.