Creative Writing Elementary

Tear out sheets available as handouts with Lesson plans from Fiction Writing to Essays, Narratives, Persuasive Writing, etc.WHAT I KNOW ABOUT THIS BOOK: This book and the model of teaching has been adopted by the Darien School District #61, among many others nationwide.Add them to your list — and share your list with me!

We've all had writer's block at one point or another in our lives, so it's easy to understand the frustration students may experience.

Just as athletes need to warm up their muscles, writers need to warm up their minds and creativity.

However, writing inspiration is not something that every student comes by easily.

Like adults, many children tend to get stuck when it comes to thinking of writing ideas on their own.

You might also encourage students to think in terms of either the realistic or the fantastic.

When the confines of realism are eliminated, students are free to think more creatively, which can encourage them to become more engaged in the project at hand.WHAT I LOVE ABOUT IT: Concrete examples of writing stronger stories, using two chapters on building characters, two chapters on Voice, as well as setting, conflict, adding detail, putting it all together and How to READ like a Writer!WHAT I LOVE ABOUT IT: Written for the adult writer who writes teen and YA fiction, this book gives realistic writing advice from developing ideas and characters that will resonate with today’s YA’s to crafting the novel with intent ot market and publish.Giving students writing prompts, or ideas and inspiration for writing topics, will ease their anxiety and allow them to write more freely.Allowing your students to choose a writing idea each day or each week from the 50 that are listed can provide inspiration for their creative writing.When I began teaching my creative writing workshops ten years ago, I approached our local library with little more than spunk and a page of story prompts.I quickly realized that although I was a true “write by the seat of my pants” kinda gal, that style didn’t bode well for inspiring young writers to approach the blank page.WHAT I LOVE ABOUT IT: Breaks down each element of writing with specific examples that real writers use, such as Brainstorming: freewriting method, outlining method, web method, timeline method, etc.Gives many ways to do the same thing so young writers can experiment with the method that works best for them.Wonderful for the adult writer, but also helps to know where the YA reader is coming from.WHAT I LOVE ABOUT IT: Begins with tips for the teacher: how to set up and conduct the “workshop” method of teaching, including dealing with discipline issues, feedback rules and conferencing one-on-one for grading, revising.

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