Random Advice

24 Aug




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.

Our imagination is an incredible thinking tool. It allows us to build mental images and reach well beyond both real and sensual boundaries. So are you ready for a little creative thinking this morning? In this activity, you’re encouraging flexible thinking as your students look for interesting similarities between a range of inanimate objects and their own lives.

First step is to read through Advice From A Tree (above) and discuss how this advice  relates to both trees and humans. You may need to highlight some of the language. For example, what does it mean ‘to go out on a limb?’ How might this relate to both trees and humans?

Next, brainstorm a list of possible objects that could be used for this writing activity. Some good possibilities include objects such as doors, windows, basketball or even a key.

Once students have selected their object, encourage them to focus initially on one or two pieces of advice. To be most effective, the advice needs to ring true for both the object and humans which requires students to play with images, words, and phrases.

I love this sort of writing activity. Don’t expect the activity to be finished straight away. It may require a little tweeking and refining over the week as ideas slowly surface and come to life.

Happy writing!

Beth Cregan

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.










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