Creative Writing Introduction
1 Hook/Attention Getter
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.