Get Children Writing: Creative writing exercises for teaching students aged 8–11

Get Children Writing: Creative writing exercises for teaching students aged 8–11

By Sue Walsh

Published 24 Feb 2023

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This is a guide to teaching creative writing to primary school children aged 8-11.

The 22 classroom-tested exercises encourage students to explore their emotions, their senses, and the world around them. Activities are designed to get children thinking about and describing what they see, hear, smell, taste and the thoughts which pass through their minds, re-enforcing their basic grammar and widening their vocabulary.

The aim is to get children writing for enjoyment.

The assignments are a springboard from which ideas are formed and then developed. They are structured to encourage spontaneous thought and to allow the writer to follow ideas; freeing the conscious mind from restraint to simply write. Above all, they are for children to have fun, to help them tap into emotions and imagination - which may well surprise both them and you.

Get Children Writing brings together clear objectives, teachers' notes, and examples of techniques, styles, and formats drawn from classic children's literature into one classroom-ready sourcebook. Many of the assignments can be adapted to suit children younger or older than 8-11.

We all love a story.
Sue Walsh is a primary school teacher whose specialist subject is English. After studying creative writing at Sussex University in 2008 she has been an advocate of the teaching of this in both the private and state sector. She has had over twenty years' experience working in Humberside, London, Surrey and Kenya, and lives in Stratford-upon-Avon where she tutors privately.
  • Author Sue Walsh
  • ISBN 9781915261748
  • No. of Pages 110
  • Format Paperback
  • Publication Date 24 Feb 2023