In turn this helps the children to write more thoughtfully and creatively. Real life experience Another approach that can help children to connect emotionally is for them to experience it for themselves.
I then used it as a way to discuss the role of pace, movement, setting and character to help the children to structure their writing. Ask them which one is better.
Before we leave the class I divide them into groups - each group being one sense. Solicit the senses from students and write them on the board i.
Cross curricular writing Engaging children and encouraging them to write has also been boosted since the introduction of a creative curriculum in school.
We also looked at how to adapt their sentence styles and structures to follow the flow of the race. Divide the class into the sense categories. The leader is blindfolded and has to describe the objects handed to him by the teacher while the rest of the class makes notes on his comment.
It resulted in many of the students using much more vivid language immediately after the race which they could draw on when back in the classroom.
When the blindfolded student is unable to guess and this would depend on the objects the teacher chooses to place in the bag actually give the blindfolded student the object. This topic led to writing on apartheid, character description and biographies on Nelson Mandela. Explain that to make a descriptive essay interesting we have to add detail and we do this by adding information that the senses provide.
It also allows comprehension, text organisation and sentence structures to be taught in an exciting and meaningful way for the children.
Another year 3 activity harnessed the power of Doctor Who to look at character emotion. For example, with my year 3 class I used the Jason and the Argonauts films to help them to explore the key features of the myths and legends genre.
Monitor the groups to see if they understand the instructions. I find that sometimes it takes too long for students to pass around all the objects so just divide them into groups and then get them to choose a leader.
Then explain that the four blindfolded students are going to guess the items without seeing them. Give them a sample paragraph that uses most if not all of the senses and one that writes on the same topic but without using sense details.
This challenge has led me to look at how I can use these media, and more dynamic approaches, to engage children in wanting to use their literacy skills and to hook them into becoming creative and thoughtful writers. Show an object and get them to describe it using their senses, e.
Rather than feeling that I compete with the interactive games and digital media that engage children, I feel more like a magpie. For example, taking a dramatic approach to understanding how it feels to be a soldier can lead to a far deeper understanding of war and how this might have affected the soldiers.
Always begin with the learning objective and ensure that video clips can fulfil the language and structural features of the relevant text type.
Their job is to write down as much as they can on their sense at the canteen. Engaging children and encouraging them to write has become increasingly difficult in the classroom. My class really loved this exercise and I hope yours will too.
I then give them 30 minutes to come up with the first draft paragraph. When one group has finished with an item pass it to the next group until the whole class has finished describing all the items in the bag.
Share via Email Kate Parietti shares her tips for engaging students in class. Recently a number of documentaries on the second world war soldier and footballer Walter Tullenabled the children to gain a timeline of the events in his life to support them in the creation of a biography.
Then once the class has settled down again, explain the importance of adding detail in essays. Who wants to read or write an emotional descriptive piece when they can be fully immersed in this feeling through interactive game play?Poems on a theme (KS1 resources) Lots of creative resources exploring a variety of poems, including poetry analysis writing frames, simile quilts and World War II.
This is an idea I learned when I first started teaching and still use to this day.
The main focus of the activity is on developing writing skills, but it's also good for developing listening and reading skills and also for practising past tenses and descriptive. Apr 30, · Creative Writing Club - KS1.
Discussion in 'Primary' started by Elizab83, Apr 29, Use some of the talk for writing activities. If you pick the most fun ones they won't feel like 'work'. We took a photo and they then used this to brainstorm descriptive words about the character. Use these eye-catching activity sheets to encourage children to use descriptive language to describe settings from the Twinkl Original story \'The Cautious Caterpillar\'.
Can be used for pupils researching different nocturnal animals. Pupils could watch the clip before taking part in drama activities, acting out. Describing Settings teaching resources for Key Stage 1 - Year 1, Year 2.
Great for a variety of activities, your children can use them as inspiration during independent writing activities, as a spelling aid, to start discussions about the topic, and more. Use these eye-catching activity sheets to encourage children to use descriptive.Download