ERIC Number: ED233369
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Mar-5
Reference Count: 0
A Writer's Suggestions for Teaching Creative Writing.
Inventive activities in the creative writing classroom can generate a great deal of excitement for the writing of poetry. Such activities might begin with improvising ways in which poetry can be written in alternative media, such as haiku on clay tablets that can be glazed and fired, then macramed together into wind chimes. Another activity, following a reading and dramatization of "Spoon River Anthology," is taking gravestone rubbings at a local cemetery and inventing dramatic monologues in the style of Edgar Lee Masters. Other suggested activities include (1) studying and listening to ballads, followed by writing, practice, and performance; (2) starting a column of poetry in the school or town newspaper, offering original works and reviews; (3) visiting the local art museum or gallery, preceded by a review of poems based on various paintings, and followed by art-inspired student writing; (4) building library skills by reporting on a modern or contemporary poet; (5) introducing works by the masters and having students tinker with the form; (6) bringing a poet into the classroom so students can talk with someone who writes poetry as part of his or her life; (7) publishing a modestly produced journal in which students contribute poetry and prose as well as editorial and production time; and (8) producing and directing an annual poetry festival, featuring dramatic performances of "Spoon River" poems, epics, ballads, and favorite poems, or displaying poems alongside student photographs, or photographs of major artworks. (HTH)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented, in part, at the Annual Convention of the Wisconson Council of Teachers of English (25th, Oconomowoc, WI, March 4-5, 1983).