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Writing Genres: WritingFix's Very Best Creative Writing Lessons
lessons that encourage imagination and creativity

A classroom without creativity...is a factory.

As Darcy Pattison's book--Paper Lightning: Prewriting Activities That Spark Creativity and Help Students Write Effectively--suggests, creativity is the essential element when teaching students to write well. Although very few of our students leave school and become professional creative writers, all benefit from the chance to exercise creativity while learning how to write. The creative writing lesson you do that focus on writing craft and author techniques, those are the lessons that will stick with students much longer than any skill they pick up writing and re-writing a book report. As the motto of our Writing Lesson of the Month network says, "Just once a month, please teach a writing lesson your students can love." Creative writing lessons are the type of lessons that will force your students to love what they're writing.

At WritingFix, we pride ourselves on the lessons we feature. We love to hear from teachers that when they used our lessons, they found their students more excited about writing than they've ever been. We especially love to see the student work that students create when inspired by the lessons.

The creative writing lessons on this page are specially featured here for two reasons: 1) teachers have told us how these lessons have transformed their students from non-writers to writers through creativity and 2) we have multiple student samples attached to each lesson.

Be sure to check out our other lesson collections, if you don't see anything that inspires you here. Just hover over "Writing Lessons' on the blue navigation bar up at the left, and you will have access to every lesson we feature at WritingFix.

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Six Very Creative Picture Book-inspired Writing Lessons:

Lesson: Unique Imaginary Friends

Mentor Text: Ted by Tony DiTerlizzi

Focus Trait: Idea Development
Support Trait: Word Choice

Lesson Author: Barbara Laber, Northern Nevada second grade teacher

Creative...How? Students create a unique imaginary friend and create an adventure where their "friend" gets them in trouble!

Lesson: Rolling with the Animals

Mentor Text: Duck on a Bike by David Shannon

Focus Trait: Idea Development
Support Trait: Organization

Lesson Author: Heidi Kerr, Northern Nevada fourth grade teacher

Creative...How? Students create an imaginary story where an animal takes control of a wheeled vehicle and is observed by other animals!

Click on the lesson's title or the picture book image to read an overview and to access the entire lesson and its resources, including student samples and graphic organizers.

Lesson: A Scientific Mishap

Focus Trait: Organization
Support Trait: Idea Development

Lesson Author: Dena Harrison, Northern Nevada middle school teacher

Creative...How? Students create an original and imaginary story where--through a lab accident--a human and an animal are combined into one creature!

Lesson: Three-Meal Weather

Focus Trait: Organization
Support Trait: Word Choice

Lesson Author: Kaycee Goman, Northern Nevada fifth grade teacher

Creative...How? Students create an original land where it rains food from the sky three times daily.

Click on the lesson's title or the picture book image to read an overview and to access the entire lesson and its resources, including student samples and graphic organizers.

Lesson: Silly Animal Problems

Mentor Text: Dog Breath by Dav Pilkey

Focus Trait: Idea Development
Support Trait: Organization

Lesson Author: Laina Flemming, Northern Nevada fourth grade teacher

Creative...How? Students create an original tale where an animal has a silly problem it must creatively overcome!

Lesson: Between Repeated Catch Phrases

Mentor Text: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst

Focus Trait: Organization
Support Trait: Sentence Fluency

Lesson Author: Janet Price, Northern Nevada middle school teacher

Creative...How? Students create a wild and imaginative tale about the worst school picture day ever!

Click on the lesson's title or the lesson image to read an overview and to access the entire lesson and its resources, including student samples and graphic organizers.

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Three Very Creative Chapter Book-inspired Writing Lessons:

Ten Popular Serendipity Prompts at WritingFix:

Lesson: Adventurous Magic

Mentor Text: Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher by Bruce Coville

Focus Trait: Organization
Support Trait: Idea Development

Lesson Author: Sundae Eyer, Northern Nevada middle school teacher

Creative...How? Students put themselves into a scene from this book and buy something unique at the story's magic shop.!

  1. Serendipitous Story Plots Teaching plot? Here students receive a random character, setting, and conflict, and they use their creativity to build a story.
  2. Serendipitous Story Titles Teaching the power of an interesting title? Here students receive a random adjective and a noun that will launch an original, creative story.
  3. Serendipitous Personification Teaching personification? Here students receive a random non-living thing and a human verb, and their challenge is use the personified sentence somewhere in a creative story.
  4. Three Serendipitous Nouns Teaching nouns? Here students receive a random person, place, and thing, and they write a creative paragraph or story that contains all three.
  5. Serendipitous Characters Teaching character? Here students receive a random idea for a character doing something, and they must create a story that contains the character.
  6. Serendipitous Settings Teaching setting ? Here students receive a random idea for an interesting place in which to set a creative story.
  7. Serendipitous Superheroes Got writers who love superhero tales? Here students create an original superhero with original powers, and they write an adventure about their original superhero.
  8. Serendipitous Fortune Cookies Teaching destiny or fate? Here students receive a random fortune cookie fortune, and they write the creative story of the character who receives the scrap of paper.
  9. Serendipitous Animals Acting Funny Got students who love animals? Here's a popular prompt that has students create an animal with a special ability, and the create a story about that animal.
  10. Serendipitous Crazy Illustrations Inspired by David Wiesner's Tuesday, this prompt has students draw a crazy picture about an animal first, and then write the story about their illustration

Lesson: You're on a Giant Roll...

Mentor Text: James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

Focus Trait: Idea Development
Support Trait: Word Choice

Lesson Author: Kaycee Goman, Northern Nevada fifth grade teacher

Creative...How? Students create an original story about a giant rolling object leaving a path of destruction in its wake!

Lesson: Your Own Faraway Place

Mentor Text: James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

Focus Trait: Word Choice
Support Trait: Voice

Lesson Author: Robbie Gillmartin, Northern Nevada fourth grade teacher

Creative...How? Students create an original story about driving to an original and fictional faraway location!


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Creativity Resources from the NNWP's
Elementary Writing Guide

Two Creativity Resources from the NNWP's
Going Deep with 6 Trait Language
Guide

In 1995, Teacher Consultants from the Northern Nevada Writing Project worked together to create the NNWP's first print guide for teachers: The Elementary Writing Guide. The Washoe County School District generously agreed to print 1500 copies of this 400-page resource to distribute among every elementary teacher in Northern Nevada's largest county.

In 2000, the EWG underwent a revision, which aligned the guide's original content to Nevada's new academic standards. The WCSD again agreed to generously pay for the re-printing and distribution of the new guide.

In 2007, the guide was printed for the last time. The rising price of paper inspired the NNWP to began posting the EWG's contents on-line here at WritingFix.

Throughout 2009, we will be posting creativity resources from the EWG here. Check back with us soon!

We are very proud of the 6-Trait print publication we built in Northern Nevada.

Since 2006, we have shipped out thousands of copies of our most popular print resource to date: The Going Deep with 6 Trait Language Guide. This 196-page resources features exercises and resources designed to help students and teachers "own" 6 trait language during writing time. You can find out how to order your own copy of this guide by clicking here.

Many of the exercises and activities in this excellent resource depend upon creative writing that teaches students about 6 trait language.

Below find two complimentary activities from the guide that teach the use of six trait language with creative approaches:

  • The Z Was Zapped Word Choice Assignment Inspired by Chris Van Allsburg's picture book The Z Was Zapped, students (in groups or by themselves) create an original alphabet book that relies on alliteration and strong verbs.
  • Corresponding Punctuation Marks Inspired by Robin Pulver's picture book Punctuation Takes a Vacation, students personify punctuation marks and write using their voices. This is a marvelous lesson for helping your creative thinkers make new connections with punctuation marks' purposes.

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