Engage and inspire your pupils to become better writers. Research shows that talking about writing, before putting pen to paper, helps children to become better writers. But how do you go about organizing the ‘talk’?
Some children seem to be able to just start writing, confident that the result will be reasonable, and knowing that they can go back and improve.
Others need preparation and planning before the writing starts, while a third group will freeze, unable to do anything at all.
But then, even when the writing has begun, again different approaches can be seen. Some are able to follow the story and make a coherent whole. Others can lose the plot (literally) and wander into completely new areas. And some will freeze.
The activities in Boost Creative Writing provide additional reinforcement of key skills for less able writers and a structured framework to enable them to talk about their writing.
SEN pupils and slower learners often need extra support to help them to become confident writers. The structured planning sheets in Boost Creative Writing provide SEN pupils with non-prescriptive writing scaffolds, giving them the support they need.
The planning sheets help with the gathering of ideas and there is coverage of a range of writing genres, from stories and poems to book reviews and newspaper reports.
Each sheet generates discussion within a defined framework and then aids pupils to write more descriptive stories and compose longer pieces of writing.
There are also techniques included which assist with both narrative and descriptive writing and which cater for different learning styles.
The Boost Creative Writing series addresses the Programmes of Study for writing composition in the new (2014) National Curriculum for England.
Written by Judith Thornby, an experienced Learning Support Coordinator, the sheets have been extensively trialled and tested. They have been shown to boost children’s writing skills, give pupils confidence and make them believe that they can write.
While designed for SEN pupils these sheets can, and have, been used by pupils of all abilities.