Ready to join the maker movement and incorporate some design thinking into your classroom at the same time?
I was inspired by the amazing book Make Writing, by Angela Stockman, to create this ELA maker space project. First, students create something using art or maker materials. Then, they write about it.
Students who struggle with writer's block will find their ideas flowing better. Students who love art will connect more to their writing. Students will have a chance to really visualize aspects of their writing before they begin.
From the Reviews:
- " So fabulous, great for a class that just wouldn't engage!"
- "I love art and the idea of combining it with ELA has always interested me. I am looking forward to working with my art department on this project. At this time, I plan to have their art pieces displayed in the halls and invite parents for a gallery walk to view the art and read the stories. "
- "I am so excited to use this! This is just the creative angle I have been looking for when it comes to writing stories with my students. Thank you so much for sharing!"
For this innovative creative writing unit, students will collaborate as a class to create the characters and settings of a fictional world they will then write about.
All students will make a character or setting out of whatever materials they choose, then present their maker pieces back to the class and display them.
Students will choose several characters and a setting or two and then write their stories, participating in a structured peer editing workshop before completing the final draft.
Finally, students will present their work to the world in whatever way they have chosen as a class, incorporating a final launch into the process that will give them an authentic audience and a more meaningful reason than a grade to take their work seriously.
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