I love creating writing tasks and writing exercises. Those tasks are especially great for teachers who are looking for more challenges and inspiration for their learners. And I have recently learnt a great new website/web tool from my dear colleague Berna Aslan to promote creative writing in and outside the classroom.
Writing Exercises provides free writing prompts and exercises to help you get started with creative writing and break through writing blocks for your students. You can generate story ideas, plots, subjects, scenarios, characters, first lines for stories and many more inspiring things.
You can get a random first line to write a story such as ‘It was the trip of a lifetime, yet …’ ,you can get three nouns for your story; ‘honesty spider computer’, you can get a story title such as ‘The Secret Holiday’, you can character traits; ‘stubborn, considerate, idealistic’, you can get a random picture for a film plot, you can get random names for your stories as well. Also, there are many other generators that you can check once you get in the website. They also have a Children’s Writing Exercisewebsite that is specially designed for children to use.
This tool can be used in class to create a story as a whole class or in groups; or we can also assign our students with this web tool who would like to do more in English at home. This is also another website that we can recommend our parents who are asking for ideas to do with their children at home.
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cross-posted at ozgekaraoglu.edublogs.org
Özge Karaoglu is an English teacher and educational consultant in teaching young learners and teaching with web-based technologies. She is the author of Minigon ELT book series, which aims to teach English to young learners through stories. Read more of her ideas about teaching English through technology and Web-based tools at ozgekaraoglu.edublogs.org.