Teaching Creative Writing To Middle School Students



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It is easier to teach creative writing to a group of high school students than to a group of middle school students, but as businesses are putting more and more emphasis on the importance of writing, it is becoming increasingly important for children to start learning about writing from an early age. If you are either the parent of a middle school child or a teacher in charge of lots of middle schoolers, you can give each student a leg up on the future by teaching them basic creative writing skills and exercises at this early stage.

When you prepare your “lessons” for creative writing, you should make sure you are including a lot of writing assignments, as the best way for each student to learn about creative writing will be through the process of actually writing. As you plan these lessons, you should divide them into a pair of categories: One category should be assignments that will help your students “loosen up,” by being creative and having fun, and other category should be assignments that encourage your students to “tighten up,” by focusing on their spelling, grammar, usage, and so on.

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Eventually, you will want to begin combining the two types of lessons into one, grading your students (or gauging their progress) based on both their creativity and their ability to adhere to basic writing rules; also, if you are teaching your students other things at the same time you are teaching them creative writing, you can combine creative writing principles with projects for other subjects!

Finally, the most important thing of all is for creative writing to feel like “fun” instead of feeling like “work”; you can accomplish this in a number of ways, but a couple things to consider is changing the setup of the room completely when you are going to be doing creative writing and participating in the writing assignments yourself, as it will thrill your students for you to have to do the assignments as well!

When you put all these elements together, you will be able to train your students in the basics of creative writing, and this will lay a foundation for their continued success in both school and business!

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