Welcome to Monday’s Muse! Every Monday morning of the school term in 2014, Write Away With Me posts an open ended writing and/or storytelling activity that you can try with your class or your children at home.
This term at The Writer’s Club, we are focusing on developing strong imagery in our writing. Our warm up activity last week was adapted from a great resource book titled, ‘Unjournaling’ by Dawn DiPrince and Cheryl Mille Thurston.
I asked our young writers to imagine they are walking through a gallery of framed canvases. The first canvas is white. The title of the work is called:
Polar Bear Eating Ice Cream in a Blizzard.
The next canvas is black.
Create a title. Set a timer for 2 minutes. Encourage students to write more than one title if they have time. Share writing.
The next canvas is red. Create a title.
Now picture a canvas of any one colour of your choice. Do not tell anyone the colour you have chosen. Now write a title.
Have your classmates guess the colour of your canvas by the title you have written.
Display titles and celebrate your gallery of word pictures.
After 25 years teaching experience, from Early Childhood to VCE, Beth Cregan combined her passion for books, writing and storytelling to launch ‘Write Away With Me’. Now in its fourth year, Write Away With Me offers a wide range of original and creative storytelling and writing workshops across Victoria. Our high energy workshops cover a wide range of writing styles/genres and a flexible approach, means it’s possible to tailor the experience to match the needs of your students and your school. Interested in booking a workshop for your class? Check out the range of storytelling and writing workshops today! Workshops for secondary classes and Professional Development programs are also popular.