I know most of you know that I homeschool, although I only have two left in school. I wanted to tell you a little bit about Creative Freewriting : A Journey Into Freewriting by Stacy Farrell. I recently had the opportunity to review this book and will be using it with my daughter.
First of all, this is designed for older students. I would say high school, maybe junior high depending on your students abilities. This would be a good book for helping your student in expanding their creative writing. I will mention here I like that they have several questions in each chapter before the student starts writing to guide them in getting started. The whole goal is to allow the student to be creative in their writing, to expand beyond just facts. I can remember well some of my children's first assignments where they wrote just the facts.
The book is broken down into 10 chapters or writing assignments. Each one starts with a short introduction or story, that then leads to the writing assignment. The writing assignment is explained and then there are several questions that will get the student thinking about what they are going to write. The assignment time given to write is 15 minutes, but as the teacher you obviously can vary this for your children. I have one who would need more time. The whole idea is to get them thinking creatively, putting more into their storytelling.
Here is a sample of questions:
SECOND, HELL: Describe the scene in hell and tell us what happens.
Background: Is there anything you need to say to set up the scene?
ӯ Do you talk to the selfish girl? If so, what do you say? And how does she respond? ӯ Do you have courage when you encounter the bully? What do you say to him? How
does he respond?
ӯ Can the selfish girl and the bully converse with each other in hell? (Remember: You are
only writing fiction here. This may or may not be theologically correct.)
Incorporate your senses:
ӯ What do you see?
ӯ What do you hear?
ӯ What do you smell?
ӯ What temperature and textures do you encounter?
My husband enjoys writing and so does my 13 year old. He is often giving her tips and hints for writing. I like that this book encourages thinking while writing. Many of the assignments include more than just telling what happens next, but why it happens, or why you feel a certain way. I also like the timed aspect of the writing. My husband has often told my daughter that her first writing is often the best, rather than trying to get all the spelling and punctuation correct on the first try, he will encourage her to write out her thoughts and ideas and then go back and correct those things.
Not only does Creative Freewriting Adventure encourage thinking and creative writing skills, but I like the emphasis on the Christian faith. I want my daughter to not only know what she believes, but why she believes it. Although the assignments are writing fiction, much truth can be built into it.
I do recommend this for older children who have a firm hold on their faith. I questioned a little about bringing in some of the ideas and themes, like re-incarnation and other gods, but when dealt with properly, your child will gain a better knowledge of their own beliefs. I do suggest reading each section yourself and then perhaps going over it with your child if necessary.
You can find Creative Freewriting at: http://homeschooladventure.com. Stacy Farrell has other products available on this site.
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Disclosure: I received no monetary compensation for this post. I did receive product for review purposes. All quotes in red are taken from the sponsor. All thoughts and opinions are my own.