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Creative Writing: SPC English Resources; Primary School Edition

2 September 2015 planneruk2016 Primary Education

Yesterday, we posted 10 points to consider when writing creatively, a guide to creative writing from Alyson Morris, an expert in teaching English.

Whilst that post provides a great resource for secondary school English lessons, we couldn’t leave it at that. Luckily, Alyson agreed to write a second edition for primary schools.

Alyson is the course director of English and Creative writing at Coventry University. She also writes poetry, flash fiction and short stories.

Here are her 10 points to consider when writing creatively for primary school pupils – a great guide to add to your English resources:

10 points to consider when writing creatively

1. Write about things you know.

2. Make a list of story ideas and choose your favourite.

3. Choose the best setting for your story: a bedroom, a garden, a school? Think about why it is the best setting. Draw it and write a description.

4. Make a list of characters and their names, and choose who will be your main character. Think about why he or she is your main character. Draw her/him and write a description.

5. Get to know your character. What do they look like?  How old are they? What makes them happy, sad and angry? What is their problem to sort out, and what gets in the way?

6. Make a list of things that happen in your story.

7. Start writing. If you get stuck, close your eyes and watch what your characters do next (let your imagination show you).

8. When you finish, make sure you have included your descriptions or drawings, so that your readers can see what things look like.

9. When you finish your story, read it aloud. This will help you write better sentences.

10. Show your story to others and find out what they like or dislike about it, so that you can make your story even better.

I hope you have found value in this blog post, and can add the 10 points to consider when writing creatively to your English resources.

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