Want to see your students busily engaged with their creative writing? Actually enjoying the process? Try out this English Maker Space project and jump on board the engagement train sweeping through the STEM world.
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For this assignment, students will create an artistic representation of a main character, then write a short story about him or her.
In this way students will make before writing, first creating something tangible and then imagining a world for this character that is suddenly so vivid and real.
The assignment contains several parts.
First, there are the basic handout and instructions for writing the story.
Then students will participate in a gallery showing of their character art, and use the next two handouts to guide them as they ask questions about each other's characters and write down what they learn about their own from having conversations with their peers during the gallery.
Finally, students will participate in a guided peer editing workshop of their first draft. I've also included a rubric to make grading easier, though I didn't put any specific point totals on it so you can adjust those to your own system.
Please check out the preview so you can see each handout for yourself.
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