ELA Maker Project: Collaborative Maker Stories

Rated 4.83 out of 5, based on 12 reviews
12 Ratings
Spark Creativity
Grade Levels
9th - 12th
Formats Included
  • PDF
9 pages
Spark Creativity


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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Total Pages
9 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.
Engage and orient the reader by setting out a problem, situation, or observation, establishing one or multiple point(s) of view, and introducing a narrator and/or characters; create a smooth progression of experiences or events.
Use narrative techniques, such as dialogue, pacing, description, reflection, and multiple plot lines, to develop experiences, events, and/or characters.
Use a variety of techniques to sequence events so that they build on one another to create a coherent whole.
Use precise words and phrases, telling details, and sensory language to convey a vivid picture of the experiences, events, setting, and/or characters.


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