Which are your favorite writing books, especially designed for young writers?
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Creative thinking works hand in hand with critical thinking to help students deepen their learning.
The word meaning “to grow.” Creative thinking grows when students are interested, challenged, and motivated.
You can foster creativity by encouraging your students to take risks and learn from mistakes.
Also, you can use the following writing activities to help students develop four traits of creative thinking: means “writing and speaking with ease.” It comes from a Latin term meaning “flowing.” This is why fluency is “the first consideration” for creative thinking.Albert Einstein says that flexibility is a “measure of intelligence.” The Common Core State Standards require flexibility, expecting students to “write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences” (CCSS. To do this, simply ask students to create an extra column in a 5 W’s chart like this.(The extra column fictionalizes some key details and can be the starting point for a short story.) comes from a Latin root meaning “source.” When your students think creatively, they come up with fresh, original ideas. Some of their original ideas may work, and others may not.Gives many ways to do the same thing so young writers can experiment with the method that works best for them.WHAT I LOVE ABOUT IT: Concrete examples of writing stronger stories, using two chapters on building characters, two chapters on Voice, as well as setting, conflict, adding detail, putting it all together and How to READ like a Writer!To imitate is to repeat what someone else has done. It may be a cliché, but “do your own thing” is sound advice when it comes to creativity.You can help your students develop original thinking by having them write a tumble-down poem.When I teach my Summer Studio, I bring all of these books and more for my students to browse and borrow throughout our week together.Add them to your list — and share your list with me!When your students think creatively, they discover new, original ideas.They open their minds to possibilities rather than seeking expected answers.