Welcome to Monday’s Muse! Every Monday morning of the school term in 2014, Write Away With Me posts a writing and/or storytelling activity that you can try with your class or your children at home.
Autumn days are my favourite. Crisp mornings giving way to gloriously sunny afternoons! Now is the perfect time to invent a leaf character or two.
Here’s some pics to inspire you.
You could make all sorts of art materials available for your leaf characters but for our purposes, felt tip markers and a bunch of leaves are all you will need!
Choose and paste down the leaves first so they have a chance to dry before you start adding details. Encourage your young writers to think about how they can show the character’s feelings and personality through the details they add to their leaf. What accessories is this character wearing? What are they holding?
You can use the questions on this blog post to help children further develop their character.
Once they know a little more about their character, ask students to choose the setting in which they think this character belongs. Place the character in the middle of an A3 piece of paper. Does this character belong in space or is he/she more at home in a garden? Perhaps this character belongs in a fantasy world. Once the character is standing in the centre of the setting, add setting details such as sign posts, landmarks etc. This gives you the perfect opportunity to talk about the importance of developing a setting for a story. And all the while, the children are drawing and thinking and imagining which really is the perfect springboard for taking off into the land of fiction.
.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. Her 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.
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