Children in primary school are often asked to write explanations, letters, plays, poems, stories, etc. One area a lot of students struggle with is writing for these various types of text, in a way that is engaging for the reader. often involves children writing thorough descriptions and the ability to place themselves in the position of the person or character they are writing to or writing about.
But how can you help children get better at this? Particularly when they only use simple, basic sentences every time they are asked to write. Fortunately, there are ways to improve the creative writing skills of children.
Following are some ways you can help children improve their creative writing:
Allow Them to Write About Things They Know About
For children, writing about things that they have seen, experienced, or know about is much easier. As a teacher in the , you cannot ask your students to write a story about the beach if they have never been to one. Giving them the opportunity to write about things they know about is a good start.
Act Out Situations or Experiences (Role Play)
You can motivate children to do this by themselves, with an adult, friends, or siblings. Ideas for role play may include making a cave or den using blankets or cushions, being in a hotel where one person is the customer and the other a waiter, acting out all or part of a short story, dressing up as characters from a story, playing customer and shopkeeper, etc.
Give Them Lots of First Hand Experiences
Do certain things with children such as: traveling on a train or bus, going to the seaside, washing the car, going to buy fruit from the market, visiting a farm, etc. You should do these things to give them the first-hand experiences that will contribute to developing their creative writing skills.
Become One of the Characters from a Story
Ask one of the children to become the main character from a story and the other person to ask questions or interview them based on the character’s personality or story. Encourage the child to put themselves in the character’s place. The questions should start with: when, where, what was, how did you, who is, why did you, etc.
Let Them Use All of Their Senses
When describing things, it is recommended that you encourage the children to use all of their senses. Activities to encourage describing may include squashing bananas or other food with your hands, going into the garden in the morning as well as at night and then describing how the experience is different, making a fruit salad and describing the different fruits while making it, etc.
Children nowadays are expected to learn more than ever. These expectations expand across numerous subjects and one of these subjects is creative writing. Creative writing can be a challenging task however, it is not impossible. When developing ways to help children improve their creative writing, you will also significantly improve their reading comprehension and literacy skills.
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