Hello again, teachers and writers!
Use giant dice if you can! More fun that way.
How about a wee creative writing activity?
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‘I don’t know what to write about!’ If I got paid for every time I heard a pupil complain about lack of ideas, I’d be very rich indeed.
So how about turning the whole thing into a game? I had seen fiction squares in writing magazines before, Would this work in schools?
Yes, I can confirm! It definitely does. I’ve tried it!
Step 1: On a whiteboard, create a blank table:
Step 2: Get kids to shout out interesting suggestions and fill the table in.
Step 3: Now comes the fun part. Get kids into pairs or groups and let them roll the dice twice for characters, twice for character traits and once each for a problem, an object and a location. I use a giant dice so the whole class can see.
Step 4: Give them 5-10 minutes to come up with a story incorporating these elements. I tend to allow them to ignore/discard whatever doesn’t fit their best idea – it’s about creating compelling stories, not contriving to squeeze the ingredients in at all cost. Remind pupils that the problem must be addressed and possibly overcome in the story. There must be an outcome. That will automatically result in a story arc.
Step 5: Once pupils have generated a story together, you could set them the individual task of drafting an exciting or intriguing opening for the story. This can later be developed into a longer piece of writing.