Creativity is Key
Getting your imagination flowing for a creative writing piece can sometimes be easier said than done. Children are renowned for having the wildest imaginations but trying to get their wonderful ideas onto paper can be a challenging task. This blog post is going to include a range of different techniques you can use in a KS2 lesson plan for when you are teaching various writing formats and storytelling. It is important that we urge our younger generation to make use of their brilliant imaginations as creativity and innovation are extremely useful skills to have in later life and it can be harder to develop these skills as an adult.
The key themes that help with creative writing tasks are inspiration and motivation. These aspects are vital characteristics of creating a successful writing piece. It’s always an idea to try to get your students to express themselves and their emotions through the medium of storytelling. Not only does this provide teachers with a platform to understand their students better, but it also makes creative writing a personal task that can be extremely enjoyable for many writers. One idea of comparing writing styles within your classroom is to ask your students to write about the same scenario. This will provide you with a visible contrast in the storytelling methods within your class. However, some students may get too content with one specific method of creative writing and it is essential that you urge them to think outside the box for them to progress.
The Fantasy Times
One fun activity you can use in a literacy lesson is a ‘how to write an article’ plan. This helps students learn a format of writing style that is more formal and informative. TeacherBoards have created an article format that is simple and enjoyable to use and can be printed out to use as a classroom resource. Students can pick a fictional storyline from a book or text they have been recently reading from and create an article based around that fictional setting. The objectives for this lesson plan would be to; understand the context of the current book they are reading; to learn about informative and formal writing styles; and to use their imagination.
Pass the Plotline
This next activity is an entertaining game that is educational and creative. Pass the Plotline is sure to get the creativity juices flowing in any classroom. The rules are simple to follow and the game can last for as long as you like.
1.Firstly, it is better to arrange your class into a circle as there will be lots of movement and having to rush round a classroom full of tables and chairs can become rather perilous.
2.Once your students are sitting down and listening intently, you will ask them to write down the opening paragraph of any story they like. This only has to be a couple of sentences long and it is entirely up to you if you’d like to pick a specific theme or writing style.
3.This is where the fun starts! After finishing the introduction to the story, your students must switch places with the person next to them and start writing on from the introduction. After the next student has finished the next couple of sentences, the plotline is passed on to another student, and so on, until you come to a conclusion.
The story can go in any direction and is entertaining to read out the final results of the story after it has been lead down so many imaginative paths.
Story Time ‘Must Haves’
Another alternative lesson plan for creative writing is to write down a list of ‘must haves’ on the board. These ‘must haves’ need to be including in the piece of text the students are writing. You can include the necessary elements such as setting and characters in this list, or even add something simple like a ‘mysterious letter’. The creative writing pieces do not necessarily have to be in the style of a story book, you can ask your class to write poetry piece, article, or any other text you wish.
Write a Diary Entry
Another useful creative writing example that you can use in schools is a character diary entry. The character that your students are aiming to embody can be both fictional and non-fictional as it is all about writing from an alternate point of view. This diary entry can be about recent events that might be happening in the news or something interesting that happened in a book they might be reading. The objectives of this task are to see how well your class can differentiate with their writing styles as they are writing from a different point of view. This task will also provide an insight to how well your students understand the events that have unfolded in real life and in their story books.
It is important that we celebrate the creativity of the younger generation as it provides us with an incentive to take pride in our individuality. Without the unique imaginations of our writers, literature would not be inspiring or influential. This shows it is essential that we aim to motivate the younger generation to utilise their individuality and creativity for something great and these alternative literacy lessons can be a great way of helping children express themselves and their talents.