This article was co-authored by Christopher Taylor, Ph D.Christopher Taylor is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of English at Austin Community College in Texas.He received his Ph D in English Literature and Medieval Studies from the University of Texas at Austin in 2014.
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.
However, creative writing is a relatively difficult type of writing to teach and offers challenges to both new and seasoned teachers alike.
Fortunately, though, with some work of their own, teachers can better develop their own abilities to teach creative writing.
Through trial and error, I discovered a few books and games I keep coming back to, because they break down specific writing techniques with ease, or they encourage using different parts of a child’s creativity to craft amazing stories.
And, just in time for Holiday Shopping, here’s a list of my most beloved tools to use in the classroom (or home school group, or library writing workshop!Demonstrations of how to integrate the limitless creative possibilities of multimedia devices and applications (e.g Soundcloud, IMOVIE, Voice FX, Garage Band etc) for use in the creative writing classroom – a crucial set of teaching skills in todays rapidly evolving digital creativity environment – also included.Led by Dave Lordan, with leading YA author Claire Hennessy, and Jess Traynor, dramaturg and former Literary Manager of The Abbey Theatre, as guest teachers.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.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.Creative writing is one of the most enjoyable types of writing for students.Not only does it allow students to explore their imaginations, but it helps them to structure their ideas and produce writing that they can be proud of.Though I have not yet read this book, I own it and have heard that the lessons re designed to engage students in all types of writing that fit today’s curriculum, as well as giving teachers a tool to assess student writing.The “traits” are: Ideas, Sentence Fluency, Organization, Word Choice, Voice, Conventions and lastly, Presentation.