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Creative writing for children

How to accommodate children with learning difficulties?
How to motivate story writing?
How to promote children’s story-telling ability?
How to ease children into the process of learning new languages?

THE ANSWER IS – CREATIVE WRITING!

Creative Writing is a perfect way to motivate and promote the story-telling ability. By attending this workshop, teachers will have an extra tool to empower their everyday teaching and be able to boost their children’s ability to write and story-tell.
Also, children with no passion for writing will find their perfect path to record their life experiences, emotions and feelings, and, together with everyone else, will be able to create lots of new stories.

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INTRODUCTION TO CREATIVE WRITING
– The Creative Writing as a method to express our emotions
Creative writing is a great way to make sure that children (and even adults) are enabled to express themselves, regardless of the language used. Creative writing encourages use of free imagination and expression of children’s emotions. Not only it is fun, but also allows children to practice, to reason without following the flock, to follow their own ideas and to see the world from a new perspective.
– The Creative Writing as a way of learning about language itself
Each language has its own rules, its own grammar structure, different set of words for emotions and their expressions. During the creative writing exercises, children explore the use of words in context of the language itself – words new to them, words never used before, as well as the grammar of their own language.
– The Creative Writing as a way of learning about one’s feelings and feelings of others.
By creating something by themselves, by exploring feelings of each of their chosen character, by handling series of their story problems when planning their story board, children learn about themselves, (re)discovering their creative self – unique and special. This supports their learning, and by gaining more confidence and trust in themselves, children show more ability to cope with the scope of potential problems there might be to solve; this story-telling problem solving makes them wonder and feel more curious; children become more willing to explore and even challenge themselves.
Creative writing also teaches empathy: by writing about a character, children put themselves in the character’s “shoes” reflecting on the character’s feelings and actions. Using question words, they might become to wonder, for example:
“How is the character feeling?
Why might this character behave in this way?
Who else might be feeling like this?
What might they do next?”

Children learn to relate towards themselves and each other with greater empathy and deeper understanding.
– The Creative Writing as a way of writing for fun
By offering to the children unusual, new and fun themes and topics to experiment with, creative writing becomes also a tool of exercising children’s ability to write without exhausting their creative minds. Adding graphic or pictorial parts encourages young writers to take a pen and paper and set off on the adventure of writing on their own…

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OUR LEARNING OBJECTIVE
The goal of this workshop is to explore ourselves together through use of some easy exercises. These will, in turn, allow us and our children to express ourselves more when fiction writing, bringing out elements related to the language skills and its use as well as ours/children’s emotions, creativity and expressiveness.

PROGRAM
During the workshop, teachers will explore the following exercises and games:
WRITING EXERCISES
1. MY CREATIVE I.D.: WHO I AM, WHAT I DO
2. WHY I AM SPECIAL
3. THE THINGS THAT MAKE ME HAPPY
4. THE THINGS THAT MAKE ME SAD
5. MY WORDS OF THE DAY
6. MY INNER JUDGE (“THE MONSTER”)
7. MY RECURRENT DREAM
8. MY RECURRENT NIGHTMARE
9. MY PERFECT DAY
10. MY WORST DAY
11. WRITE A LETTER TO THE FUTURE MYSELF IN 10 YEARS
12. WRITE A LETTER TO MYSELF AS A CHILD
13. MY FUTURE PLANS
14. MY PAST PROJECTS (I HAVE NEVER FULFILLED)
15. THE 3 PAGES OF CREATIVITY AT THE END OF THE WORKSHOP

GROUP GAMES | PLAY WITH WORDS AND STORIES
– The Story Cube
– The Fan
– The Words’ Domino
– Tell A Photo

The Mind-Map Exercise

Use a large piece of blank paper, crayons, pen/pencils or feltips – whatever you prefer; and try to answer some or all of these questions – you can write or draw, whatever suits you best.

who am I?
what is important to me
3 most important people in my life
my strengths
my weaknesses
my favourite word I really like?
my favourite colour
my favourite quotations
my favourite books, films or music
my favourite place where I feel good
what I like, what makes me happy
what upsets me, what I feel difficult
my successes, what I have done well in my life
my best moments
my losses, what didn’t go well
my greatest loss
who can I lean on when I feel low
what activity do I spend doing most
what I like doing best and how does it show
who do I like most and how does it show
what are my key resolutions I have ever done
what have I learnt so far in my life
what else would I like to learn
what do I need to do in order to learn that

INTRODUZIONE ALLA SCRITTURA CREATIVA
La Scrittura Creativa come metodologia di espressione delle proprie emozioni.
La scrittura creativa è un ottimo modo per far sì che i bambini (ma anche gli adulti) si esprimano, a prescindere dalla lingua utilizzata. Incoraggia a liberare la propria immaginazione e a utilizzarla per dare forma alle nostre emozioni. Non solo è divertente per i bambini, ma consente anche loro di esercitarsi a ragionare senza seguire il gregge, a seguire piuttosto le loro idee e a guardare il mondo da un’ottica nuova.
La Scrittura Creativa come metodologia per imparare a usare gli strumenti linguistici.
Ogni lingua ha proprie regole, una sua grammatica, diverse parole ed espressioni. Durante gli esercizi di scrittura creativa, i bambini riescono a esplorare, in modo naturale e senza forzature, proprio l’uso delle parole, anche di quelle nuove e mai utilizzate, e della grammatica della lingua di riferimento.
La Scrittura Creativa come metodologia per imparare a conoscere sentimenti propri e degli altri.
Creando da soli qualcosa da raccontare, esplorando i sentimenti dei diversi tipi di personaggi alle prese con una serie di problemi, i bambini imparano a conoscersi e scoprono soprattutto che sono capaci di creare qualcosa di unico e speciale. Li mette di fronte a problemi da risolvere, a domande a cui rispondere, pone loro dubbi, chiede loro di sforzarsi a uscire dalle situazioni anche più difficili.
La scrittura creativa insegna ai bambini anche l’empatia: quando un bambino sta scrivendo di un personaggio, si sta mettendo nelle “scarpe” del personaggio. Come si sente ? Come si comporta? Questo processo porta ogni bambino ad ampliare le modalità in cui si relaziona con gli altri in maniera empatica.
La Scrittura Creativa come metodologia per scrivere divertendosi.
La scrittura creativa è anche un esercizio per far sì che i bambini scrivano senza annoiarsi o lamentarsi, soprattutto offrendo loro argomenti divertenti su cui sperimentarsi, e collegando ad essa anche una parte grafico-pittorica e ludica, saranno invogliati a prendere carta e penna e a scrivere di loro pugno.

OBIETTIVI DEL WORKSHOP
Il Workshop ha l’obiettivo di mostrare agli insegnanti, appartenenti a diverse culture, alcuni facili esercizi con cui lasciar esprimere i bambini attraverso la scrittura e la narrativa, portando fuori elementi legati al loro linguaggio, alla loro emotività, alla loro creatività e alla loro espressività, difficilmente esplorabili, nello stesso momento, con altre metodologie.

PROGRAMMA

Durante il Workshop, gli insegnanti effettueranno diverse esercitazioni e giochi:
ESERCITAZIONI DI SCRITTURA
CARTA D’IDENTITÀ CREATIVA: CHI SONO , COSA FACCIO
PERCHÉ IO SONO SPECIALE
LE COSE CHE MI RENDONO FELICE
LE COSE CHE MI RENDONO TRISTE
LE PAROLE DEL GIORNO
IL MIO GIUDICE INTERIORE (IL “MOSTRO”)
IL MIO SOGNO RICORRENTE
IL MIO INCUBO RICORRENTE
LA MIA GIORNATA PERFETTA
LA MIA GIORNATA PEGGIORE
LETTERA A ME TRA 10 ANNI
LETTERA A ME DA BAMBINO/A
I MIEI PROGETTI FUTURI
I PROGETTI PASSATI CHE NON HO REALIZZATO
LE 3 PAGINE DELLA CREATIVITA’ A FINE WORKSHOP

GIOCHI DI GRUPPO | GIOCHIAMO CON LE PAROLE E LE STORIE
Storycube
Il ventaglio
Il domino delle parole
Racconta una foto


How to motivate and promote the storytelling ability and creativity in primary school children.

A cura di:

Maria Carmen Triola

Italian specialist at the Italian Consulate General in London


Consolato Generale d’Italia a Londra

We provide Italian classes for schools at primary and secondary level free of charge
All out teachers are Qualified and CRB checked.

Contact :

Dr.  Mara Emanuela Luongo

Ufficio Scolastico – Education Department
83-86 Farringdon Street
London EC4A 4BL
Tel 020 7822 7100
Tel 020 7822 7103
Fax 020 7822 7112
email: [email protected]


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