The following activity is great fun, and usually produces great results, but must be used with caution.
Only try it with a class you are comfortable with, and who you think will cope with the situation.
Ask the children to think of a story that they know well, and to write another version from another point of view. Write "Cinderella" from the point of view of one of the ugly sisters, OR Write "The Three Billy Goats Gruff" from the point of view of the troll, OR Write "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" from the point of view of Goldilocks.
Based on "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" by Roald Dahl.
They don't need to have read the book which is being advertised, and you can get them to compare their own story to the real version when they have finished.
Take 4 or 5 unrelated but interesting objects and challenge children to create either a skit or a character description of the owner.
Great for oral discussion but also useful for character analysis.
By Ruth O’Neil Does your homeschool students’ creative writing seem lifeless?
If so, maybe they are “zombie writing.” But don’t leave those lifeless essays for dead! The next class, I requested a couple of boys to walk around pretending to be zombies.
In this article, you’ll learn new methods for bringing writing to life in a way that is fun and memorable for your students! The rest of the class was highly entertained by their antics. “They’re boring.” “They don’t have any enthusiasm.” “There’s no excitement.” “No expression.” They came up with all of these descriptions and more.