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Transforming Classroom Writing: Engage Students with Interactive Pre-Writing Techniques

Updated: Mar 23

Struggling to ignite your students' passion for writing? Imagine transforming writing from a stationary task into an interactive, tangible experience. This article introduces innovative pre-writing activities that promise to revolutionize how students approach writing assignments, making the process engaging and tactile.

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Engaging with Jenga Blocks for Storytelling

Introduce storytelling through Jenga blocks, where each color signifies a different aspect of narrative or essay writing, such as story starters, transitions, plot twists, and conclusions. This hands-on approach allows students to physically assemble and reorder their ideas, fostering creativity and flexibility in drafting. Such an approach not only demystifies the writing process but also empowers students to take ownership of their narrative structures.

Building Essays with Legos

The Lego Essay Structure Activity takes writing to a new level of engagement. By assigning different parts of an essay to specific Lego pieces, students can construct their essays in a visually and physically engaging way. This method encourages understanding of essay components like thesis statements, supporting evidence, and conclusions, making abstract concepts concrete.

interactive pre-writing techniques

Modeling Narratives with Clay

For those venturing into creative writing, the Model or Clay Activity offers a dynamic way to visualize and plan stories. Students create 3D models of their story's setting, complete with characters, which serves as a springboard for their narratives. This tactile method encourages deep thinking about character relationships, conflicts, and resolutions, enhancing storytelling skills.

The Power of Encouragement

A vital element in these activities is the role of encouragement and positive reinforcement. Recognizing and praising students' creativity and efforts can significantly boost their confidence and enjoyment in writing. Watching students experience "Ah ha!" moments as they connect physically with their work is rewarding for both educators and learners.

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Inviting Community Input

We're eager to hear how others have integrated physical components into writing lessons. Sharing experiences and strategies can inspire educators to adopt and adapt these innovative approaches for diverse classroom settings.

Stay updated with the latest educational innovations by following us on Twitter (@jessica_senesac) and engaging with our community. Your insights and experiences are invaluable as we collectively explore new frontiers in teaching writing.


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