This creative writing lesson plan is designed to stir your students’ imaginations and lead them to write using specific details. The lesson is broken into four situations. (I used to teach one situation per day. Often we needed to devote more time than that in order to finish a scene situation.) The four situation scenes are “Seagulls at the Beach,”, “City Visit,” “Car Race,” and “Battlefield.”
For each situation, the lesson guides students through a visualization process. It gives students sensory details, metaphors, and suggestions of problems and vivid settings. The guidance helps students form a general picture of each scene. In order to ensure students are creating well-formed images, the lesson plan also asks students a string of questions to further sharpen the details of the scene in their mind’s eye. I always had the students write down the answers to the questions, and often had the students organize the answers into graphic organizers to serve as a prewriting activities. Usually the end result was that students learned the mood-evoking power of a well-formed image.
At the end of each of the four scene situations, students are given choices from which to choose their own student assignment. For example, if a student chooses to write a first-person account about the scene, they are led to tell what happens, as well as led to giving their own thoughts and reactions. Types of assignments students choose from are descriptive narratives, point-of-view-accounts, a short story or play using dialogue, persuasive arguments, and even poems. If you print-off this lesson plan, it gives your students a handy guide to achieve interesting and effective writing. A basic goal is to lead students away from stereotyped reactions and toward original and personal ideas. At the end of the lesson plan I provided an optional list of criteria to use for providing feedback during peer conferencing or in cooperative groups. Overall this product will be very beneficial as an ELA Test Prep for your students.