Creative Writing for Kids 7-10
Storytelling with Pictures
Theme 2 How We Act
2023 March 16
Theme 2 of our writing workshop was just as interesting. The students warmed up really quickly to one another while making stories with picture cards. This was an oral communication activity and we learned to respect the ideas of every participant, no matter how weird we might think the story would go. When asked to imagine what animal you would like to be for a day and how the animal would behave, you showed that your desires laid in the animals' unique characteristics and abilities.
The story we used for today's session was There's A Snake in my School! What kind of unexpected happenings would occur? How did each animal and human character behave? There was a good deal of laughter and some sharp observations of the story in print.
Students tried to come up with their versions of There's a ___ in ___. To encourage young writers to express themselves in words, availability of choices and an open mind from the teacher/facilitator are important. Withhold judgement and get the young writers to explain their concepts. Ask them questions to spur thinking, instead of saying immediately, "No, that's not logical."
We share the same message in all our writing workshops for the young ones - you don't need to be a perfect writer, you just need to be willing to try.
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