Creative Writing Activities for 1st Graders

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Possible creative writing activities for first graders include using drawing and illustration in the writing process, making books for the children to write and encouraging pre-writing strategies. Have first grade writers work with peers to improve creative writing with ideas from a writing instructor and former classroom teacher in this free video on writing.

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Hi I am Laura from young writers workshops dot com and I am going to talk about, how to do creative writing activities with first graders. First graders have a lot of ideas and stories to share and a lot of times are intimidated by their lack of motor skills or their lack of knowledge of spelling, so a great way to really engage them in a writing activity is to open the process up and really use drawing and illustration as part of the writing process for them. Making books for them, just stapling paper together blank books that they can use to tell their stories in illustration form, is a great first step. Encourage them to incorporate some words with their stories and it could be with invented spelling. And, again emphasize that illustrations and stories go together. This is a standard for many first grade in many states a first grade standard is to write one sentence about a topic. So helping them to draw a picture and then write a sentence that illustrates the topic, is a great activity. You can also encourage them to use pre-writing strategies such as a a map that they create of ideas, where they cluster the ideas that they have about a topic. Is a strategy that can help them to begin to focus their ideas. You can also teach the children to have writing conferences with each other and this can help them to begin a dialog and also think about more more information about their topic. These are a few ideas about creative writing activities for first graders.


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