Giving students writing prompts, or ideas and inspiration for writing topics, will ease their anxiety and allow them to write more freely.
Allowing your students to choose a writing idea each day or each week from the 50 that are listed can provide inspiration for their creative writing.
You’ll notice that none of the activities focuses on the technical aspects of writing.
Instead, the activities encourage creativity, reflection, and self-expression—hallmarks of meaningful writing. Matt and Brianna knew the rumors about it, but they had to see it for themselves.
Though I have not yet read this book, I own it and have heard that the lessons re designed to engage students in all types of writing that fit today’s curriculum, as well as giving teachers a tool to assess student writing.
The “traits” are: Ideas, Sentence Fluency, Organization, Word Choice, Voice, Conventions and lastly, Presentation.
You might also encourage students to think in terms of either the realistic or the fantastic.
When the confines of realism are eliminated, students are free to think more creatively, which can encourage them to become more engaged in the project at hand.
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