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Offline Lucy

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Writing Club
« on: July 18, 2006, 09:13:29 PM »
Hi my name is Lucy I want to set up a writing club at my school. Their are alot of students that are interrested but I want to find some writing topics/excercises that we could give for homework.
Can you think of any? ???

PS I also am a dyslectic please forgive speeling mistakes
     

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Re: Writing Club
« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2006, 01:51:54 AM »
None of the English teachers are interested in helping?

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Re: Writing Club
« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2006, 03:26:14 AM »
Take a look at this recent post from my blog.

http://www.mywritingblog.com/writer/2006/07/three-great-writing-websites.html

The first two sites listed include lots of ideas for writing projects.

Good luck!

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Re: Writing Club
« Reply #3 on: July 19, 2006, 09:30:03 AM »
How about a topic concerning... umm...

Romantic culture like Bohemianism and Romantic nationalism...?






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Re: Writing Club
« Reply #4 on: July 19, 2006, 10:28:28 AM »
I agree with Raevan, you really ought to get your teachers involved.   I know they are up to their eyes in normal school work as teachers tend to be, but Im sure if you ask if its possible to put up a notice for their staff room, someone will come up with some ideas for you.

I mean its in their interest to have their students motivated into something they really enjoy and it may mean that the teacher who volunteers, isnt with you all the time, but he/she could possibly mentor the group.

I hope you succeed with your ideas because I think that this is worthwhile.

All the best

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Re: Writing Club
« Reply #5 on: July 19, 2006, 10:31:58 AM »
A great little book you might consider, called:
"The Writer's Book of Matches" ISBN# 1-58297-411-X
I found it on Amazon.com used for less than ten bucks. It has 250 pages of nothing but writing prompts. Examples:

"She checked out last night..."

"Oh, she killed her. I'm sure of it"

...and many other subjects.

There's also a yahoogroup that sends 3 prompts every Sunday, but I can't remember the group name. I'll get back with you when I figure it out.  :)

Tyger

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Re: Writing Club
« Reply #6 on: July 19, 2006, 01:20:19 PM »
I did the same thing.

You should give them the homework on writing short pieces about something that interests them.
Give them word limits and stuff though.
And then pair them up and stuff and get them to write about something that doesn't interest them at all but they have to make it sounds interesting.

Wish you well :D.
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Re: Writing Club
« Reply #7 on: July 19, 2006, 01:49:44 PM »
The writing prompts yahoo group:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/WritingPerc/

This week's prompts are about tattoos.

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Re: Writing Club
« Reply #8 on: July 19, 2006, 10:59:29 PM »
Hello Lucy!  (Love your name)

If you could get a teacher involved who could facilitate your group you would greatly benefit. She/he could give you all the direction and mentoring you need to learn how to write well and hone your skills. There are also free mentoring programs online for young writers. I was lucky enough to have an English teacher who loved to write. She was so encouraging, which kept me going.

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Re: Writing Club
« Reply #9 on: July 20, 2006, 05:36:53 PM »
Hi Guys its Lucy again.

I should have mentioned Mrs Wipou who is my English teacher. She is going to help me. We already have heaps of interest and ideas. Its just that we could really do with a good amount of cool exercises and homework activities to get the students hooked into it.
Motueka High is a low decile school (that means that we aren't rated that high by the NZ government)
Our school does well at sport but I think that there is so much potential for writing. NCEA English only has one creative writing unit per a year its something the students really enjoy even if they dislike English or the teacher. I think that it gives them a chance to express themselves without ridicule from their schoolmates.
The problem with NCEA is that you can't take that piece of writing out of the class. Itís hard to write creatively in a class room environment.
That is why a writing club could be so helpful to the students. It could be a place to come and show creativity without too much restraints or negative criticism.
 Thank you so much for you advice and support. Keep it coming.
Love Lucy
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Re: Writing Club
« Reply #10 on: July 20, 2006, 08:07:15 PM »
Have a look through the challenges in the coffee shop too - and have a go at the current one (please!), you might be able to use them as some mini-exercises and they might give you some ideas. They're a bit of fun and can push you to try something new or meet definite requirements!
Good luck!
Let us know how it goes  :D