Writing Prompts to Facilitate Creativity and Interesting Texts
- Marielle R. Risse (see profile)
- CLCS Global Arab and Arab American, HEP Teaching as a Profession, LLC Arabic, RCWS Literacy Studies, RCWS Writing Pedagogies
- Composition, Education, English language
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- Encouraging students’ creativity is helpful for students and teachers. Writing essays about “Driving Fast is Dangerous” leads to restless, inattentive students. It is also more difficult to try to explain grammar and composition rules with an unexciting model. But if you ask: “If you planted your heart, what would grow?” you can be sure to get paragraphs students will enjoy writing and you will be interested to read. My presentation will discuss how to motivate students with appealing writing prompts which jump-start creativity, as well as being increasing the chances that the students will do their own work. There are not many on-line samples of essays in answer to the question: “If you suddenly became an Omani animal, which animal would you change into?” I will give effective examples from my creative writing, drama, poetry and literature classes which have resulted in amusing, thoughtful and imaginative stories, poems and essays.
- presented at Language, Linguistics, Literature and Translation Conference; Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat, Oman. April 24, 2015.
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