Creative Writing Instruction

He has already noted teachers and school leaders are bound by an inflexible curriculum.

This includes approaches to writing and literacy that focus too heavily on prescribed functional texts.

Typically, this would mean a focus on producing essays, persuasive pieces, reports, recounts, descriptive writing and procedural texts.

In NSW, Geoff Masters, the CEO of the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER), is overseeing a comprehensive review of that state’s curriculum.

is an art form that requires virtually no materials other than time and imagination.

To encourage yourself or your child to explore ideas in fiction, I can offer writing instruction through fun exercises to overcome blocks, or provide feedback on characters, plot, and style.

To increase students’ enjoyment of writing, more time could be given to creative forms of writing such as poetry, song lyrics, short scripts, personal memoirs and comic pieces, and combinations of different types of texts with visual materials in multimodal and digital composition.

We now have a rich body of research and toolkits that support teachers in writing instruction.

Teachers can also write alongside students to model good writing behaviours.

Schools can promote writing clubs where students can write together, share their writing and even self-publish it in online forums and blogs.

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