Creative Writing Teaching Ideas
A versatile KS4 pack filled with teaching ideas and activities to help students at different stages of creative writing.The pack includes essential sections on sentences, the use of tenses and suggestions for tackling 'problem' areas of writing, from sense based writing to using pictures as prompts. Key features: Purchasing information: As this is a downloadable product, we are only able to accept online orders.RECENT RESEARCH has shown that narrative structure has a powerful impact on the human brain.Studies in neuroscience and narrative structure support this idea; some researchers are finding that narrative structures such as those used in fiction and poetry can have a much stronger impact than simple facts; when we read or hear the sensory details of someone else’s experiences, we respond to them neurologically as if they were our own experiences.1 Furthermore, studies have found that when reading literature with important messaging about behavior, students have begun to engage in more positive behaviors as suggested by the literature read in classes.2 Other areas of criticism such as feminist theory and Marxist theory have helped to raise awareness about how narratives can maintain oppressive structures, but there hasn’t been much discussion about how narratives can either reinforce or reinvent our relationships with animals.3 Moreover, it has been said that the ecological crisis that we are facing today will not be solved through science and technology,4 and there has been a growing interest in using the humanities to tackle these challenges.
Save hours of lesson preparation time with the Entire Busy Teacher Library.Being able to see animals in action and learn about conservation through an in-person experience is incredibly valuable. How do teachers lock in these experiences for students?Adding a creative writing component may offer students a way to dive deeper into what they learn.At one high school where I worked, all sophomore students visited the Brookfield Zoo as part of their biology class.While chaperoning this outing, I realized that there was a huge missed opportunity to involve other disciplines in the trip, especially since the biology work that students needed to complete did not take the whole day.They will likely have strong feelings about each (It has been my experience that students either love or hate poetry, but usually become very excited to learn about nature.), but probably have not considered how the two may work together.Try creating a Venn diagram on the board or on chart paper with the word “poetry” in one circle and the word “zoo” in the other.While working with Brookfield through my graduate program, I had the opportunity to design a curriculum that could be used for such a trip.While this curriculum was designed particularly for Brookfield, many zoos now feature poetry throughout their exhibits, and these activities could easily be adapted for other zoos or natural history museums.In the last few years, I have experimented with and researched ideas for different activities in the secondary classroom.I would like to share some of the more successful lessons I have used so that other educators can explore them with their students.