Review: Winter Creative Writing Activities on Teachers Pay Teachers
The Winter Creative Writing Activities packet
is a free download available on Teachers Pay Teachers. The packet contains a
variety of creative writing ideas and assignments all pertaining to the subject
of winter, engaging students in three types of creative writing: poetry, short
stories, and short narrative creative writing. The short narrative writing
segment includes a component for Twitter.com, a popular microblogging website
with which many of today’s students will be familiar.
The writing activities and prompts included in
this 13-page packet are meant to teach students how to write within the various
forms of creative writing. The activities introduce two types of poetry
(acrostics and haiku), story writing in groups and as individuals, and a segment
that encourages character development through narrative. Students would be able
to integrate their writing assignments with Twitter, which may make the
assignment more relevant and exciting for some.
The potential drawback to the Twitter
integration, however, is that Twitter will not be relevant or even familiar to
some students, especially younger writers who have not yet adopted social
media. The materials do not introduce Twitter and its specific mechanisms
(hashtags, characters), so teachers using this packet would need to be sure
that their students are familiar with Twitter and comfortable using
terminology. It may also be worth noting that the Twitter-related assignments
refer Twitter’s foundational “140 characters" refrain that may be confusing for
some writers who are simultaneously asked to develop new written “characters"
who are doing the tweeting. A deliberate introduction to Twitter is all that
would be needed for students to be able to run with the Twitter-specific
elements of this assignment packet.
The worksheets are designed in an exciting,
colorful layout with fun fonts and interesting topics. The content relates to
an important aspect of today’s social culture outside the classroom, making the
writing activities both academically enriching and socially relevant for those
language arts teachers looking to include social media in their lessons.
You can download your own copy of Winter
Creative Writing Activities here.
You may also enjoy the following
- Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas Prompts
- Fourth Grade Writing Prompts for Seasons
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- The Writing Prompts Workbook: Grades 7-8
- 50 Writing Prompts for Homeschoolers (free)
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