Creative Writing Development Through the Senses

Creative Writing Development Through the Senses

May 9, 2022

Writing Composition Can Appeal to Different Learning Styles

Narrative prose can be improved by including the five senses and fostering the imagination of inflexible and diagnostic English lesson plans

Adaptable English lesson plans that combine creative writing prompts with sensory games not only invites essay writers to use their imagination but can also help to engage different learning styles. To achieve as personalized a curriculum as possible, teaching lesson plans means both being flexible and including approaches that invite different styles of participation.

Teach Lessons to Diagnose Learning Needs

The example lesson that follows provides an introduction to the sensory description in narrative prose, provides pupils with initial creative writing ideas, and functions as a diagnostic tool for a group’s learning needs.

The themes and aims for the lesson are to develop the use of the senses in descriptive writing by becoming more conscious of sensory impressions, and to write part of a mystery story, initially using only one or two of the senses.

Sensory Impressions, Learning Styles and Writing Development

To prepare the way for the subsequent writing composition, the teacher plays a sense game with the students. A box with various mystery objects is provided and a student chooses to take out an item blindfolded. The student should then be asked to describe the object’s smell, touch, and sound before opening their eyes and adding observations about its color and another visual appeal.

As a second stage, the game can then be played in pairs with imaginary objects, to be described in this order: smell, taste, touch, hearing, sight. The teacher should explain that the purpose of the game is to add detail to their impressions, which will help make the students’ writing more alive and believable.

For the subsequent writing development, pupils choose only two of the senses – the ones they have narrated most fluidly. They could be invited to explain why they have chosen their two.

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Teaching Lesson Plans With a Single Main Aim

Students readily respond to the suspense as a creative writing prompt. It also supplies the element of conflict at this introductory stage of teaching writing composition, removing the need for supplementary explanations of structure, and keeping the initial focus on a single element of writing development.

An example would be, “Sam was sure he had heard a noise. The more he tried to ignore it, the more he told himself it was nothing, the more convinced he became that there was something or someone downstairs.” ….. Pupils next take up the story of the boy entering the living room and describing what he finds using the two senses they have chosen.

Celebrating Achievement

To complete the lesson and to engender a sense of achievement, some of the pupils should share their writing, and the story should be finished for homework. The teacher reiterates the idea that sense details make a story more exciting and believable, and independent work can be allowed to make free use of all five senses.

The students’ work will allow the teacher valuable insights, both into how individual students participate, and which aspects of writing composition to focus on subsequently. Teaching lesson plans does not have to be a rigid affair; planning can be guided by the actual needs of the students in the class, to personalize their learning more effectively.


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