Most creative prose resources rely on inserting more similes and adjectives into a poorly thought out story. This resource is different because it allows students to create imaginative characterisation from a character's inner and outer worlds by offering the characters aspects of the writer's own life. Sounds tricky but it's a breeze, I promise! so grea
Different to other Creative Prose resources because it doesn't start with yet another picture to respond to but utilises what is always available to students and thereby builds confidence in self-reliance when creating stories or descriptive pieces.
Ideal for those aiming at a Grade 5 and above but the bundle of resources involving the PPTs is fully differentiated through choice and rising challenge tasks so not beyond progressing your Grades 3 and 4.
The learning sequences in the PPTs takes about 4-5 hours initially. They help you run a creative prose workshop sessions using simple lists and everyday experiences students have (but disregard most of the time). They end the sequences with a section of creative prose that is focused on inner and outer worlds in a story that has more convincing, original and imaginative detail and avoids cliche without the sweat, seemingly.
Further drafting is facilitated with the use of the Improving Creative Prose Grid that divides the exam evaluable skills into six major areas and suggests 13 quick ways to improve for each - 78 speedy quick ways students can improve without further input from you. They are differentiated left to right so it's low threshold, high ceiling stuff!
A mat for lamination that can be used to move writing from a first draft to a second or 'published' draft. Divided into the skills of adding, cutting, replacing and so on, the mat encourages students to ask questions about their work and make changes. And who isn't sending their students into the exam without a practised creative prose piece that has been refined and edited to be the best it can be, just in case?
Helps students to understand the editing process (which they often confuse with a proof-reading process).
Based on my work as a professional creative writing tutor and short story writer, some of these methods are probably things you haven't come across before.
I developed this as a lesson observation that was graded outstanding.
Goes nicely with 'Really Creative Creative Prose'
A lovely accompanying resource is the Improving Creative Writing Grid which is a godsend learning mat that I've used across the secondary years for developing the evaluable skills in examined creative prose.
Available a a creative writing bundle alongside 'Really Creative Creative Prose'.