Tuesday was our first day of creative writing camp. Our special guest for the week is Maurice Broaddus who has written several books. Mr. Maurice explained to the kids that this week they would learn how to create a character, learn what a plot is, and discover what it takes to write a successful story. To get our imaginations ready Mr. Maurice gave us a silly activity. We each drew the head of whatever we wanted on a piece of paper and folded it over; the person to our left drew a body and folded it over; the next person drew legs and feet. We then unfolded the paper to see our crazy creations!
After the exercise it was
time to create a character for a story. Before the kids started writing down
their ideas they shared what they thought were important characteristics for a
main character to have. With that in mind the young writers began to create a character.
Each character needed a detailed recording of who they are, what they look
like, what they wear, who they live with, their motives, and much more. The
kids did a great job being detailed with their descriptions of their character,
and some even began to draw a picture of what this person would look like.
The students were then
divided into groups to work on a collaborative story. Some of them used one of
their own characters, and others combined their characters’ traits to make a
new one. At the end of the day everyone got back together to share their newly
written stories. The kids did a great job for their first day of Creative Writing camp.
They used their imaginations, worked with others, and really used their minds
to create something they have never done before.