Creative writing lesson plans and activities

Resources and ideas for Creative writing, written by teachers to support teaching and learning

Library Challenge Cards

Library Challenge Cards

These ‘Library Challenge’ cards were made for my class library, but they could be used in a school library as well. The idea was just to get the children excited about reading and properly engaged with the books, and they’ve really enjoyed working through the activities – an added bonus being that I use this work to decorate the walls of our library. There’s a selection of 10 Library Challenge Cards, plus a ‘Library Challenge of the Week’ which just allows for changing things up a little without having to print and laminate more cards.

By sh2810

An Introduction to Dystopian Literature

An Introduction to Dystopian Literature

Resources to introduce dystopian/post-apocalyptic literature conventions to AS students, but also suitable for GCSE or KS3 students. Designed to lead to a comparative essay on 'The Road' and 'The Handmaid's Tale' but easily adaptable for your choice of novels or to stand alone as a study of the four short stories included.

By archev

AQA GCSE English Language Paper 1

AQA GCSE English Language Paper 1

A complete 12 week scheme of work that is fully resourced and differentiated. Contains powerpoint lessons, medium term plan, text extracts and sample practice papers. Everything you need to teach the new GCSE English Language Paper 1. Also contains revision activities for GCSE Literature Paper 1 (easily adapted to suit your texts.)

By stebbingk05

AQA New 2017 Specification: English Language, Paper 2 Section A: Nonfiction Reading

AQA New 2017 Specification: English Language, Paper 2 Section A: Nonfiction Reading

10 fully resourced lessons to prepare students for the AQA English Language Paper 2, Section A exam: 'Writer's Viewpoints and Perspectives'.This resource bundle includes:Two powerpoint presentations totalling 142 slides.A full lesson by lesson scheme of work including clear learning objectives and outlining assessment opportunities.Eight different extracts to use with students from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. Each lesson is clearly structured with learning objectives, learning start activities, learning review activities and opportunities for students to demonstrate and assess their learning in a number of ways. The lessons aim to develop a common approach for tackling each question to build students' confidence. There are a number of opportunities for students to tackle the different question types and the presentations provide clear steps and guidance to support students during the assessment process. Model answers and assessment sheets also included.Extracts included:'American Sniper', Chris Kyle'The Charge of the Light Brigade', William Howard Russell'Letter to My Mother', Wilfred Owen'A Beautiful Job', Gunner William Towers (WW1)'The Death of Lord Nelson', William Beatty'We Shall Fight Them on the Beaches', Winston Churchill'Surrender Speech', Chief Joseph (taken from the AQA Reading Support Booklet)'The Gettysburg Address', Abraham LincolnIn addition to this, the presentations also include some optional Paper 2, Section B questions that link to the extracts and aim to develop students' nonfiction writing skills.The lessons and extracts are focused around the theme of war so they can be linked with the 'Power and Conflict' AQA poetry anthology to develop students' contextual understanding for the English Literature exam.Any feedback on the resource would be greatly appreciated!

By RojoResources

An Introduction to Gothic Literature

An Introduction to Gothic Literature

An introduction to gothic literature, originally aimed at A2 students preparing for OCR's 'Texts in Time' coursework but suitable for GCSE and KS3, if AOs changed.Includes conventions and extracts of key texts as well as suggestions for assessment titles.

By archev

Poems that create images - Similes / Metaphors - March '17 UPDATE

Poems that create images - Similes / Metaphors - March '17 UPDATE

A bumper set of resources initially used in the year 4 topic of: Creating Images with Poetry, Similes and Metaphors. Due to the popularity of this resource I have included a Powerpoint I used for a very successful observation lesson by Ofsted involving describing a beach setting with similes and metaphors. I recently adapted this in this for a year 6 class I took. There is also quite a few poems I have written using Similes and Metaphors in them to create images and a few more resources too including a soothing soundtrack and background to play on your IW on loop.I have continually updated this resource due to its popularity and quality.Please check my other resources out here...https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/dave_orritt

By dave_orritt

Santa's Lift-the-Flap Interactive Christmas Notebook

Santa's Lift-the-Flap Interactive Christmas Notebook

Are you ready to spice up your journals or interactive notebooks with some Christmas cheer? If so, these are the perfect interactive notebook templates for you! This resource includes 7 different activities to give your interactive notebooks or daily journals a Christmas and Santa theme. The following activities are included:1 - Why should you be on Santa's good list? - Students make a list of 5 reasons under cute SANTA tabs.2 - Letter to Santa - Students write a letter to Santa...open the foldable to reveal!3 - Santa's Year - What do you think Santa does the rest of the year? Students write their thoughts on this fold out booklet.4 - My Shopping List - Students write out their shopping list and create a Santa pocket to put it in.5 - How Santa Got His Job - Students write or draw their ideas under each flap.6 - How To Catch Santa! - Students think of 4 ways they might be able to catch Santa putting presents under their tree.7 - Santa Got Stuck in the Chimney - Students write steps in sequence of what they would do if Santa was stuck in their chimney.

By bamaasc

My Elf on the Shelf Lift-the-Flap Interactive Christmas Notebook

My Elf on the Shelf Lift-the-Flap Interactive Christmas Notebook

Do your students have an Elf on the Shelf at home...or do you have one in your classroom? If so, these are the perfect interactive notebook templates for you! This resource includes 7 different activities to give your interactive notebooks or daily journals a Christmas theme. The following activities are included:1 - Meet My Elf! - ELF tabs where students can write details about their elves.2 - Elf Rules - Students make a list of 5 rules their elves should follow when he/she is at the house.3 - Guess What My Elf Did Last Night? - Students draw a picture of what their elf did, and you lift to reveal.4 - My Christmas List - Present flaps where students write their Christmas list. Leave it laying out so their elf can tell Santa!5 - My Elf's Nightly Journey - Students write their elf's nightly journey on a fold out booklet.6 - Naughty or Nice? - List reasons your elf should be on Santa's Naughty or Nice list7 - Elf Pocket and Letter - Write a letter to your elf and put it in the elf pocket.

By bamaasc

Fantasy Character Template

Fantasy Character Template

A template for creating a character in a fantasy story. It can be used to support students in planning for assessments too. Although it is a template for the fantasy genre, it is generic enough to be used for any genre in creative writing.

By Jamesy52

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

A scheme of work to use around the reading of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Has been used with a variety of different sets and works well. Easily adaptable. Created for the AQA 9-1 Literature GCSE.

By MissErl

Boy Roald Dahl mini SOW

Boy Roald Dahl mini SOW

Created for a mixed ability year 7 class. To be used in conjunction with class reader. Easily adapted to fit younger students as well.

By MissErl

Creating writing springboard SOW

Creating writing springboard SOW

A series of lesson based around the skills of transposition. Created for mixed ability year 8. This scheme is a series of lesson that uses works of fiction or art as a springboard to correct a variety of fiction and non-fiction. Would be good as an introduction to the new Language GCSE papers.

By MissErl

Mock AQA English Language GCSE Paper 2 - Feminism and suffragettes

Mock AQA English Language GCSE Paper 2 - Feminism and suffragettes

Mock AQA English Language GCSE practise Paper 2 on the subject of feminism and the suffragettes (article from The Guardian on the Women's Equality Party and original letter from suffragette Millicent Fawcett). All questions, 1-5, included to correspond with the original AQA mark scheme.

By louisee9

KS2 Comprehensions

KS2 Comprehensions

These are all original pieces of writing to be used for revision, comprehension and Spag activities. Eachfile can be printed out as a separate workbook and used as summer revision before sats.

By teachercellar

Narrative Planning Sheet

Narrative Planning Sheet

A basic narrative planning sheet encouraging students to plot their narratives in terms of opening, build-up, climax, resolution and end. A visual aid to help students structure their creative writing. Especially useful to help Key Stage 3 students make the transition from 'beginning, middle, end' stories.

By larcher3

Reading Display, Instant Reading Corner Display, Reading Area Signs

Reading Display, Instant Reading Corner Display, Reading Area Signs

Reading Display, Instant Reading Corner Display, Reading Area SignsInstantly make your Reading Area a place children want to be with this gorgeous "Where will your reading take you? " display.Print out, stick onto card and fasten to a stick for a sign-post effect. Two editable signs allow you to add additional destinations.Pack includes 2 pdf files with:18 destination signs - 2 per sheet of A42 editable signs1 "Where will your reading take you?" banner - 60cm long

By MissPepperPot

AQA English Language and Literature Revision

AQA English Language and Literature Revision

Five fully differentiated and resourced revision packs for both the English Literature and English Language new spec GCSE examinations. These packs offer ideal preparation for KS4 students as they enter into the busy exam season. I will be continuously updating this bundle with new resources, so regularly check your downloads for updates.

By Lead_Practitioner

Analysing Story Openings and Narrative Voice

Analysing Story Openings and Narrative Voice

In this lesson students are asked to analyse and explain how a writer constructs an effective story opening (AO2 + 4).I put this lesson together for a year 9 scheme of work which referred to the AQA English Language marking criteria but the success criteria can be adapted beyond a level 3 so that it's more demanding for a year 10/11 class.Students are asked to consider what a narrator and a narrative voice is and then how many ways a story can be told. There are a series of slides which explain 1st, 2nd and 3rd person narrative including any complicated options within those. Attached is an thriller / horror style extract they can then stick in and in pairs they can decide which narrative it uses. The next step is to consider how the writer interests the reader generally and students are asked to colour code the following devices: emotive vocab, similes, metaphors and effective punctuation. As an extension there are question boxes around the extract asking students further questions which in some cases refer to structure and how the story is developed. The answers for this activity are revealed in the next few slides when students can feedback their ideas to the rest of the class.The lesson ends with a chance for students to write independent essay paragraphs with the AQA English Language GCSE success criteria which can be adapted for your course. There are 3 options on how to approach essay writing: 'layers of meaning', PEA, or the 'reading ladder' which follow the same idea. There is then an opportunity to self or peer assess according to the key skills.

By flabs84

Plan your own Gothic style Villain, Creative Writing

Plan your own Gothic style Villain, Creative Writing

In the lesson students are asked to create an interesting gothic style villain to use in their creative writing (AO5.1, 5.2). I put this lesson together for a year 9 scheme of work which referred to the AQA English Language marking criteria but the success criteria can be adapted beyond a level 3 so that it's more demanding for a year 10/11 class.To begin students are asked to consider Count Dracula's past (see the other lesson I did on him although it's not vital to use to do this lesson). This leads to a discussion about how important a villains' back story can be and whether they are sympathetic to readers at all. For this I have provided a link to the 'Dracula Untold' trailer which explores this idea.Next to get their creative juices flowing these are 2 slides with images of villains on them - students can work in pairs to write descriptive sentences about them using a list of key skills ranging from adjectives, similes to harder ones such as oxymoron and adverbs. Next students are asked to make up a gothic-style villain of their own and write a profile of them. The lesson ends with a chance to peer assess a partner's and offer advice on how their character plan could be improved.

By flabs84

Key Stage 2 English: Sentence Switch Up game to develop sentence description

Key Stage 2 English: Sentence Switch Up game to develop sentence description

This is a simple board game to support KS2 pupils to develop the detail in their sentences. As pupils role the die and move around the board, the must edit their sentences in different ways, according to the instructions on the square they have landed on. Changes include adding adverbs, choosing more exciting verbs and creating expanded noun phrases with adjectives. Pupils can be independent players, or work together in pairs. The ppt includes an instruction card and a game board which can be enlarged and laminated.

By Christianne

Pirates

Pirates

A one-off creative writing lesson based around pirates. The lesson takes pupils through three clear sections to describe in detail with some inspiration and starting points.

By LAPJ

Persuasive Letter

Persuasive Letter

A lesson teaching students how to write a persuasive letter on a topic. Includes model answer.

By rhardman1

Mother's Day Stationery – 3 printable letterheads to color and send to Mom / Mum | Printable PDF

Mother's Day Stationery – 3 printable letterheads to color and send to Mom / Mum | Printable PDF

These Mother’s Day letterheads are the perfect stationery for a letter to your mom on Mother’s Day.There are three designs available, including hearts, flowers and a tea party theme. The letterheads are 8.5 x 11 inches (letter size) but can be scaled to print for smaller letters.Please visit my store for other Mother's Day and holiday coloring pages and printables, including DIY Mother's Day gift boxes, bookmarks, coloring pages, letterheads, coupons and Mother's Day cards!---------- PRODUCT DETAILS: ----------• Number of Pages: 3• Difficulty Level: Beginner to Intermediate• File Format: 3 xPDF files - Instant digital download• Page Dimensions: 8.5 x 11″ (Letter)• License: Personal use and classroom use only. ---------- PLEASE NOTE: ----------• The photos above are an example of how this product can be colored and printed. The actual product is black and white so you can color it yourself.

By Sarahrenaeclark