Short Writing ActivitiesBrief writing activities
Simply write: short, inspirational activities to get the pupils to start writing.
Throughout the last few blogs I have studied various facets of writing in school. What they all have in common is that good preparations are the keys to success. But there is also a great deal to say when you are writing totally offhand; short, entertaining activities in which the pupils do not think and plan with care, but simply carry on and work.
This type of activity can be used as a warm up, or inserted into your class to alter your mind and tempo. It encourages pupils to see writing as a joke and helps them to be creative and self-confident. It is often possible to use the activities as a base for longer writing activities, but that is up to you.
It is a set of short excerpts from classic sound, with very different atmospheres. When you don't have your own library, it's a good way to use the free sample files that you can use to decide if you want to buy a specific one. Teach the pupils that each part of the movie sound track is to a movie and ask them to record what they have in mind as they are listening.
Where' s the movie kit, which actors are in the movie and what do they do? Similarly, college kids are playing a short part of a movie (maybe from YouTube), but just let them hear (not see). Ask them again to record what they think and what the scenes look like.
In both activities the pupils can then use their writing excerpts as a foundation for a novel or a screenplay. Provide your pupils with a choice of images of people. Inquire them to select one at a time and give a brief account of the individual (maybe as much information as they can enter in 5 minutes).
You have 5-10 additional minute to post a call between the two. Then, take the picture couples and the dialogs and hang them on the walls so that the human couples are together but the dialogs are not. Renumber the dialogs and then ask the student to look at them and tell them which image couple each dialog is for.
You could also use images of places and ask the pupils to describe what was happening before and what will be happening next. But be SELECTIVE before the lessons, because you may not want some of the images to flash up in the classroom!
Or, show the pupils a picture of a boyfriend of yours or a member of your host families and ask them to tell you who the student is, what they think, what their personalities are, how you meet them, and so on. Please take a sack with you with a choice of disconnected items.
Invite each student to select one and describe it in as much detail as possible (this is a great attentiveness activity), or put the student in twos or threes and ask them to create a short storyline that includes all the items in their group before they compare their histories for similarity and difference.
Encourage pupils to look around the room and select any item they can see (watch, purse, hand pen). The pupils then type something from the object's point of view. One could also ask the pupils not to tell each other the name of the item, which then allows them to look at each other and guessed which item is being described.
Provide each pupil with 5 small pieces of note and ask them to note down words they have recently learned and which they want to reuse on each piece of note. Then, put the notes in a pocket and ask each pupil to take out 3-5 notes (if any words are the same, you should put them aside.) You then have a timeout, say ten min, to make a (very) short history using all the words.
You can then reread these tales out loud (perhaps in small groups) and the others can guessed what the 3-5 words were. You tell the kids to take a quick memo to everyone in school. As soon as the memo is in, the pupils start reading it and answering. It' okay for some pupils to respond to more than one other.
Literacy and writing: Allow 5-minute time for the student to open the course book and view the first text or dialog they see (it doesn't make any difference if they are just listening to a part of it). You will then have 5 mins time to talk about what you are going to do. Invite the pupils to note their three desires and say why they would chose these things and how their life would be changed as a consequence.
All these activities do not emphasize precision, but language skills. As with a speech exercise, you can of course include your own feedbacks in various ways. Or, you could use free writing as the first design and choose a procedural method. Encouraging pupils to redo the writing later or on another date would also increase precision.
The key point of these activities, however, is to enjoy writing and get the pupils to feel lucky, just to work.