Review: Shape Writing on Teachers Pay Teachers
The Shape Writing creative writing practice
booklet is a free download available on Teachers Pay Teachers. The writing
activity presents a visually interesting method of creative writing called
Shape Writing, which uses words to form the outline of basic shapes. The
download includes guided instructions, helpful suggestions, and nine pattern
templates with suggestions of where to find others. The activity can be
tailored to different writing levels, and the results are an interesting
combination of visual and written creativity. This activity is targeted to
students in first through fifth grades, though it could be broadened to apply to older writers as well.
The interesting visual aspect of this type of
creative writing is a big draw to students who might be uninspired
by generic writing assignments. The workbook does an excellent job of
explaining the concepts and illustrating the instructions to make it easy for
teachers to understand and then demonstrate to their students. The instructions
also include helpful tips and pointers for teachers who aren’t familiar with
this activity, with some excellent guidance for having students create drawings
to go with their outlines.
When executing this activity to its fullest
extent, students will have the opportunity to practice cutting with scissors,
create and write an interesting story with a specific length dictated by the
shape they are “writing," and then draw with colored pencils and markers. The
assignment covers a wide variety of tasks to keep students engaged and learning
with every step. The unusual method of multi-directional writing can be
exciting, especially for students who are accustomed to lined paragraphs that
set their writing apart from any illustrations.
This is a really neat activity that can add a
new aspect to traditional writing assignments. There are applications for this
type of assignment that could be relevant throughout the school year, and the
activity is interesting enough but basic enough to appeal to writers in a wide
range of ages and skill levels.
You can download your own copy of Shape Writing here.
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The Writing Prompts Workbook: Grades 3-4
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