To jump-start creativity, keep a supply of old newspapers on hand. For information processing and communication exercises, students can write new captions for photos, draw new pictures to go with articles, or write new headlines for articles.
Use music to create a mood for creative writing. Use a CD or tape player and bring your own music or ask for suggestions from your music teacher.
If you sense the Web is one big ego trip, it would follow there would be lots of resumes, and resumes there are. So if you need a good computer, business or English class project with real-world applications, or want to turn students loose on a mission on the Web, have them research and write resumes. And for teachers, it never hurts to have a current resume on file. You may not need it for a new job, but it can be timely and impressive at evaluation time.
Rhyming and writing poems for all grade levels.
Students will incorporate writing skills with an awareness of public issues.
An assortment of random images from magazines become the basis for a creative writing assignment.
Have students construct a creative writing piece from old newspapers or magazines, using a random assortment of photos and pictures. Collages to accompany their writings make a nice wall display.
Older and younger students will work cooperatively in using listening and writing skills, and learning proper procedure for mailing letters.
As part of an Egyptian unit or Hieroglyphic study, have students create their own drawings to convey meaning.
A fun creative writing exercise that utilizes a theme and a list of related words that student aren’t allowed to use in their writing. Can easily be modified to work with many themes.
Non-linear writing as an introduction to footnotes and/or hyperlinks.
If reading seems to be going out the window due to television and computer time, it follows that writing might be close behind. Here are T2T Contributors’ suggestions for setting up a writing workshop.
Are your students still struggling with some of those spelling words from weeks ago? Are you interested in ways to introduce new vocabulary or encourage more “colorful” writing? With a little bit of planning beforehand, a word wall is not only a great use of bulletin board space, but an excellent learning tool for your students. According to T2T contributor, Sally Olson, “A word wall is a systematically organized collection of words displayed in large letters on a wall or other large display place in the classroom.” There really are no set “rules” for word walls and you will find plenty of variations on the idea. Below, contributors to our T2T mailing list share some of their ideas and opinions. Be sure to check out Sally Olson’s contribution as well, which includes 24 activities for word walls and a word list.
This teaching exercise for fifth graders focuses on Character Education. They then teach a lesson to students in another grade. By T2T Contributor, Michelle Billingsly.