Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Favorite Resources for Creative Writing

In Waldorf, seventh graders do a block on Creative Writing which is called "Wonder, Wish, and Surprise." The very BEST book for this block is Dorit Winter's and it happens to be available FREE online as a PDF at the Online Waldorf Library.

The Art and Science of Teaching Composition

by Dorit Winter

Note: In making that link I found another writing book by her -- Fire the Imagination, Write On! -- which is also available at OWL for free. Can't wait to download it and read it!

Fire the Imagination, Write On!

by Dorit Winter

I have some other books I really like for Creative Writing as well. They are:

Hooray for Diffendoofer Day!

by Dr. Seuss, Jack Prelutsky, and Lane Smith

Writing Magic: Creating Stories that Fly

by Gail Carson Levine

How to Make a Zero Backwards: An Activity Book for the Imagination

by Richard Kehl

My webpage for this block contains the notes from the first time I taught it (in October 2017). Now it is October 2021 and I'm teaching it for the second time. I'll keep my notes here instead. I think it's hard when there are two sets of notes on one page. Also, last time I combined Creative Writing with the Imaginary Island Project but I'm taking a different tack this year. We ended up spending so much time creating our imaginary islands that we never did much creative writing about the events that took place on them.

Wednesday, Oct 13

    pass out new creative writing journals (inexpensive 100 page spiral bound notebooks with lined paper and yellow covers)

    decorate front cover of creative writing journals in a unique way

    read Hooray for Diffendoofer Day!, look at Dr. Seuss's handwritten brainstorm notes, talk about the writing process

    read chapter 1 of Writing Magic and do the writing exercise

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