3 Ways to Get Kids to Love Writing
Many students have an uneasy relationship with writing. Some feel like it’s a chore while others think it’s not cool, much like reading. In short, writing is simply boring, and so students would grumble about filling up a page with words and stories.
When a teacher faces these disengaged students, it’s time to spice things up. Here are some clever tactics to make writing appealing to kids.
1. Come up with creative writing prompts
You can lean more on imaginative topics, like unusual pets or intergalactic alien parties, for example. Let the children imagine what the world would be like if dogs or babies take over the world. Or, you can also tap on their personal experiences. Ask them about the most embarrassing moment of their life or perhaps the one toy they couldn’t give away.
Let them write five to six sentences about these prompts, so it’s not too overwhelming. Once they’re able to complete a story, encourage publishing student writing into books. This will give them a morale boost that would inspire them further to write.
2. Get them into the story-telling hype
Writing isn’t supposed to be a bore. It tickles the imagination and taps the innate ability of people to tell stories. What you need to do is to get pupils into the story-telling zone.
You can do this with an icebreaker before your writing session. A classic activity is the ‘five-word story’. Let the students form a circle and start with a random five-word statement like, ‘I woke up with a’, and then the person next to them would continue the statement, and then the person next to that student would also continue, until everyone in the circle says something and you get a complete story. This is a mental exercise, sort of a creativity warm-up to get them into the writing mood.
3. Let them focus on a character
Characters give color to stories. So, they’re a good starting point when it comes to writing. When a student is disinterested about starting to write, give them an interesting character to focus on. For example, a princess who was kept in a tower for years or an ant that discovered a mountain of sweets. Ask the student to describe thoroughly the character: what they look like, what they want, what their strengths and obstacles are, etc.
Again, writing isn’t boring. It’s up to you to shake things up and bring out the appeal of this art. Remember these tips as you make writing fun for students.