A Girl in a Classroom

Creative Writing

What are the differences between writing and reading?

Writing and reading have two different functions and applications. Writing involved the hand, it is about lettering and applies to creating a script. Reading on the other hand involves the voice, it involves speaking and applies to voicing out the script.



Which one is more important/harder to learn?

Reading is a particularly important skill. It gives you ideas and teaches you something that you don’t know. It can inspire you, motivate you and open your mind up to the world you live in. Reading can take you on a journey, you can imagine what it is like to ride on a 'magic carpet' or what it is like to climb a mango tree just by reading the words on a page. You must be able to read if you want to be able to write so writing is secondary to reading.  Reading is a relaxing activity and some problems may be encountered, for example: You could read reams of materials and not take in a thing. You could read words on a page whilst thinking about what to eat for lunch or you could read and understand something at the time but later forget it so may need to read it again. 

However, writing gives you the chance to showcase your ability to articulate imagination into words. If you want to improve yourself, understand topics in a better way or express yourselves better you will have to know how to write. Writing is a difficult skill and requires a lot of effort and preparation. In order to be able to write you need to know the topic you are writing about, you need to use a bank of vocabulary and need to manipulate words so that it says what you intend it to say so that anyone can understand it. I believe that strong readers produce strong writers so develop reading and vocabulary first and then expand out into our writing classes which we provide to children in KS2 and KS3.

What is covered?

We cover nine units in our writing class which cover the following:

KS2: We use a mixture of DVD based lessons with direct teaching from Mrs. Edwin. Children will learn about note-taking, making an outline, writing from notes, retelling narrative stories, summarising a reference, writing from a picture stimulus, summarising multiple references and inventive writing.

KS3: Same as above but with 2 additional units: Formal Essay Models and Formal Critiques.

We use the SPAG knowledge learned in English lessons to make writing better. Children are taught to dress up their writing using techniques such as:

  • Sentence openers,

  • Using cliff-hangers in story endings.

  • Using dress-ups such as the strong verb, quality adjectives and more.

  • Being taught to ‘Show! Not tell!’

  • Character development,

  • Planning stories using the story sequence chart,

  • Writing stories effortlessly and quickly under timed conditions,

  • Using literacy devices to improve writing such as similes and metaphors, onomatopoeia, alliteration and personification,

  • Differences between antagonists and protagonists and how to use them in stories.

  • How to write a continuous prose exercise i.e writing a letter, report or newspaper article.

  • How to utilise all five senses (sight, hearing, smell, taste, touch).

Why don’t you teach Creative Writing during other English classes?

My usual gaps based classes are jam-packed and it's just not possible to fit the writing element into my usual English sessions. English covers a range of skills and I break parts up in my English classes and bring parts together during the writing classes.

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