Creative Writing Projects
“I love your ideas! They are endlessly inspiring for me and the children I work with. I work in schools consulting regarding integrating technology into the curriculum.This has been such a good way to help our children become better learners!”
Denise Hall, Educational Consultant, Victoria, Australia
It starts with a game or short film
The games/short films simply acts as a hook and a starting point. Many of the games and animations, of course, do quickly motivate and inspire pupils to become more engaged with their learning. There are several key elements which underpin the approach we have developed, which includes:
- Effective use of technology to achieve desired outcomes
- Importance of spoken language (discussion, oral rehearsal, spoken presentation and feedback)
- Scaffolding learning (modelling language, using key vocabulary and sentence starters and providing help to support the writing process)
- Capturing feedback and reflection to improve written work
Creative Writing Projects
The 10 writing projects include short and long writing tasks and all the resources you’ll need to help scaffold the learning for your pupils. These included:
- Short writing tasks with examples
- Visual plans with examples
- Oral Rehearsal ideas with examples
- Sentence work with examples
- Audio Visual plans with examples
- Writing outcome examples
- Assessment opportunities (peer, self and teacher)
- Key vocabulary for each writing task
- Sentence starters for each writing task
Opportunities for cross-curricular writing.
The cross-curricular writing projects should be seen as a chance to sharpen the skills the pupils have developed in literacy lessons. Cross-curricular writing provides the perfect opportunity for the pupils to write for a purpose and to improve the language structures they have been practising.
A quick recap of the pupils’ writing targets from literacy lessons is all that is necessary. This will provide the pupils with an opportunity to reinforce and revisit skills from previous writing lessons.
Certain subjects lend themselves perfectly to a particular writing genre. These include non-fiction, arguments, instructions, non-chronological reports, persuasion, journalistic, recounts, explanation and writing formally. If cross-curricular writing opportunities are planned carefully then the writing skills covered in literacy lessons can reinforce existing learning of a text type and allowing a more focused understanding of the subject being taught.
Modeled Writing Examples, Sentence Starters and Key Vocabulary
Modelling writing is crucial to successful writing in primary schools. Each project comes with a modelled text, sentence starters, and key vocabulary to help scaffold the writing for pupils. These should be used to reinforce the expectations and support the pupils with areas of writing that they find tricky.
Writing for a Purpose
Cross-curricular writing not only provides an intrinsic motivation but provides an engaging way of writing for a reason. Opportunities to word process work should be provided. This not only helps pupils to develop vital typing skills but also provides the opportunities for their writing to be exposed to real audiences. These could include presentations, publications, connecting with the local community or with the online world.