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Writing exercises for kids–suggestions?

You may remember a couple weeks back I talked about a kids writing workshop I’m running this month. I think it’s going really well and the kids are turning out some great stories, but I am finding that a few of the kids are finishing a lot faster than the others, which means I need to find something for them to do. It’s not so much that they write faster, but that they write less for each part of their stories, and each of my prods to “write more about X” leads to them maybe adding another sentence or two.

So I’d like to offer them writing exercises that would give them some practice in fleshing out action and description. Anyone have suggestions of some that would be fun? I figure I’ll come up with something better picking your brains than just on my own. :)

Originally published at Megan Crewe - another world, not quite ours. You can comment here or there.

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robinellen
May. 20th, 2011 07:37 pm (UTC)
Something I used to do with my students (these are shorter writing exercises): Give them a picture (usually from a calendar) and have them write a short story or description of the picture emphasizing one letter of the alphabet (works on alliteration and vocabulary); Have them write some kind of paragraph or page of cohesive narrative where the first word of each sentence builds a secret message; Try sensory exercises where they focus on one of their senses and write down everything they see/smell/hear (asking for both specifics and general ideas); Fanfic stuff, where they take a character from a book/movie they love and write a page about a day in that character's life.

Good luck :)
megancrewe
May. 21st, 2011 12:35 am (UTC)
Great ideas! Thanks, I'll keep these in mind. :)
mguibord
May. 20th, 2011 08:30 pm (UTC)
This is kind of a fun one:
Everyone writes down four or five titles for a story. Then you exchange paper with the person next to you. Pick one of the titles that appeals to you and go!

megancrewe
May. 21st, 2011 12:35 am (UTC)
That does sound like fun! I might try that with the whole group if I do something like this again. :)
libation
May. 22nd, 2011 01:31 am (UTC)
I have asked them to write a noun (can be person, place, thing or idea) and ten first-impression adjectives to describe it. They must then describe the thing without using the noun or any of the adjectives.
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