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5 Fun Creative Writing Activities

Cue the Pledge of Allegiance, because school is back in session.

We pledge to lend a hand as you settle into a new year with new students and new challenges. To start, we’ve gathered five fun creative writing minilessons you can assign to spark a love for writing. Our hope, too, is that these activities will create a workshop-like environment that fosters feedback and collaboration in your writing classroom.

You’ll notice that none of the activities focuses on the technical aspects of writing. (We’ll address technical topics later in the year.) Instead, the activities encourage creativity, reflection, and self-expression—hallmarks of meaningful writing.

Minilesson 1: InstaMemory

Imagine a favorite memory as a cellphone picture.

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5 Fun Creative Writing Activities

Show or Tell?

Expand this infographic to help students recognize showing and telling details, and how and when to use them effectively.

Show or Tell Infographic

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Beyond Compassion: Deepening Learning Through Perspective Shifting

Standing In Someone Elses Shoes

In a teachable moment in To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus Finch provides his daughter Scout with these words of wisdom: “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view . . . until you climb in his skin and walk around in it.” This passage is quoted often in the context of teaching empathy, as is the adage “standing in someone else’s shoes.”

Indeed, both frames of mind can help your students understand and sympathize with others. They are also at the root of a deep-thinking strategy called perspective shifting.

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