reluctant writers can be a challenge in class. There are many reasons why students may be reluctant writers. However, in my opinion, these can be categorized into 4 main groups:
In these 4 blog posts we will cover all 4 categories and list a number of small tweaks you can make to your lessons in order to turn your reluctant writers into creative writers!
this reluctant writer struggles for ideas and can never think of how to start or what to write next. This writer...
As unfortunate and sad as it is, some children lack Real life experiences to draw from. Without experiences, a child can lack ideas for their writing. it is so important to give pupils these experiences in school. This doesn't necessarily mean through school trips. Events and lessons can provide children with memories to draw from in their own texts. Role-play, drama and technology can all provide useful tools to give children memorable experiences.
Relevant topics for writing can allow children, who lack ideas, to instantly improve writing. If a pupil is obsessed with Mine-craft, let them create a mine-craft adventure story. If your children are obsessed with a youtuber, then get them writing about them. They will love you for it!
Images stuck in their English books provide instant visual ideas of what to write about. Screen shots of a film or story book are a simple way to help children visualise what they are writing about.
Drama activities/freeze frames link to giving children experiences to draw their ideas from. Not only this, but Drama puts children in the action! If they are in it and they feel it, they are much more likely to write it.
Gallery walks – looking at other children’s writing is a great opportunity for pupils to 'pinch' other people's sentences and put them in their own paragraphs. Encourage the use of the word innovation. How are the pupils going to innovate and change their 'pinched' sentences to suit their own writing.
Talking to authors seems impossible but in this new world of modern technology, communication between authors and classes are easier than you may think. Twitter is a great start to contacting and sharing your children's writing with their idles of the literacy world. A simple 'like' or 'retweet' can be enough to inspire a child to write more. Who knows, you may even get a reply. Everyone loves seeing their number of 'likes' increase. it may also be possible to Skype your author and ask them some great questions about what it takes to be a writer. It will also allow you to share some written texts live with the author who inspired the writing in the first place. What a great experience that would be!
Sharing/publishing their writing is a step on from the previous point. If the child knows that people will be reading their writing, then it may inspire them to challenge and push themselves. Why not put all of your newspaper reports into your very own school newspaper to share with parents or publish a book of short stories for another class to use for guided reading?
Giving children a choice of topics/subjects can give them ownership of their writing. Pupils could write a newspaper report on any recent event or describe a setting of their choice.
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