Time to Write: Where History and Creative Writing Meet
Each week we explore a different event or era in history, which learners use to create a piece of writing (stories, poems, letters, etc.) of their choice.
History is so much more exciting when we can explore what it was like being there and living among the people and situations of the time. Combine that with creative writing and we have a way to show our understanding in an imaginative way. Each week, students will explore an era or event from the history. As we learn about the events, we'll think about what details we'll need to bring a piece of writing to life and consider how characters might have felt. We'll talk about what styles of...
Students will: Gain an understanding of an historical event or of a particular period in history. Experience basic effective note-taking. Experiment with combining fact and fiction and looking at how it differs from solely imaginative writing and what a writer needs to consider. Be able to consider different forms of creative writing and understand why some styles are better suited for their purpose than others. Explore various writing styles for themselves. Be able to craft a piece of creative writing from given facts.
Writing is my passion and as well as majoring in English at university, along with Theatre Arts, I've almost 20 years of experience in teaching English in primary schools. Over those years, I have worked regularly with groups of children specifically on English writing skills and teaching creative writing online. I've been fascinated by history since childhood and over the years have studied for enjoyment and to gain qualifications and insight - especially into teaching history in an approachable way. I've combined history with creative writing in school, used drama in the class to bring events to life, and have also been involved with drama and taken on historic characters in acting for educational presentations.
A notebook or paper and something to write with, or a device to use for writing.
Although there will be some themes during historic periods and events that will centre around unpleasant facts and will include some violence, all material will be appropriate to the ages in the class listing and will be delivered in an age- appropriate way.
A variety of online and published works have been referred to over years of teaching this subject, including but not limited to: Twinkl.co.uk mysteriesintime.com BBC Primary History BBC Bitesize History World History Encyclopedia Horrible Histories - series and books (by Terry Deary)
Meet the teacher
Hello and thank you for stopping by to find out a little more about me. I hail from the UK and live in Kent (the bottom right-hand corner as you look at the map!) I graduated from the University of Exeter with a Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree...
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Live video meetings
1-6 learners per class