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Postby Hellokitty2 » Sat Sep 25, 2010 8:40 am

Hi TAS,

Thanks for reserving, will go down today to get from the yishun branch.
I called up to arrange already. See you :wink:

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Creative Writing

Postby php » Wed Sep 29, 2010 10:12 pm

Hi TAS

My girl is currently attending your class and i can see vast improvement in her writing. Going through her notes, i was impressed with the ways she was taught to do her writing. She was taught to write a very impressive introduction describing the weather, such as sunny day, cloudy day, windy day and etc.... Eg Tall, green trees swayed in the wind .....mostly outdoor activities such as A Day At Beach, A Day At Zoo, A Day At Bird Park or a Camping Trip.

One question :- How to write an introduction if the activities are indoor such as A Day At Supermarket, A Day At Library, A Day At Cinema, etc....

Thanks.

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Re: Creative Writing

Postby The Alternative Story » Thu Sep 30, 2010 1:56 am

php wrote:Hi TAS

My girl is currently attending your class and i can see vast improvement in her writing. Going through her notes, i was impressed with the ways she was taught to do her writing. She was taught to write a very impressive introduction describing the weather, such as sunny day, cloudy day, windy day and etc.... Eg Tall, green trees swayed in the wind .....mostly outdoor activities such as A Day At Beach, A Day At Zoo, A Day At Bird Park or a Camping Trip.

One question :- How to write an introduction if the activities are indoor such as A Day At Supermarket, A Day At Library, A Day At Cinema, etc....

Thanks.


Hi php,

Thank you for your feedback, so glad to know that your daughter is
improving. From your description of the work given, it would be for a
P1 or P2 class?

For P1/2s, for indoor activities, she would need to describe the place
that she would be in or she could also describe a rainy day (she has
to stay indoors because of the rain)

Example:
(Library)


- Pitter. Patter. The rain fell continuously as I looked out. Sitting
comfortably on the sofa, I sighed as I realized that I could not
go swimming with my friend, Jim. I would have to spend the afternoon
reading at the library instead.

Example:
(Bookstore)

- The smell of new books hit me as soon as I walked into the bookstore.
"Ahhh, this is the smell I love!" I smiled as I spoke to my sister.
Together, we ran to children's section to grab the latest best-seller.

We will cover indoor descriptions later on. However, at home,
what you can do is to help her think of a few descriptions of indoor
places and to remind her to 'show' the scene and not 'tell'
the scene. She must 'show' by using her 5 senses (not all are
needed in every scene) to describe a place. You could
also teach her how to apply a rainy weather scene to an indoor
activity.

TAS

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Postby jedamum » Thu Sep 30, 2010 9:09 am

hi TAS,
is 'Written Expression' any different from 'Creative Writing'?
the school's requirements is min. 8 sentences; for a start, should i focus on min. 8 good grammer but boring sentences or just let the kid's imagination run wild?
my boy likes to write 'safe' but boring sentences (sometimes, with some goofy expressions in the middle).

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Postby The Alternative Story » Thu Sep 30, 2010 1:28 pm

jedamum wrote:hi TAS,
is 'Written Expression' any different from 'Creative Writing'?
the school's requirements is min. 8 sentences; for a start, should i focus on min. 8 good grammer but boring sentences or just let the kid's imagination run wild?
my boy likes to write 'safe' but boring sentences (sometimes, with some goofy expressions in the middle).


Hi jedamum,

Actually, 'creative writing' is just a loose term that everyone uses.
True creative writing will cover a range of genres (poems, plays etc)
and the children can let their imagination run wild.

However as we are training the children for their examinations as well,
we also need to keep in mind the context of creative writing in the
examination context.

Hence creative writing in most Singaporean centres or assessment
books would mean writing that is more descriptive.

'Written expression' simply means composition here. But as your child
is in lower primary, they would only need to write a few sentences.

For lower primary students, the teachers look more for clear and simple
sentences. You can emphasize that with your child. I think it is not
so advisable to let his imagination go wild yet. But maybe you could
elaborate on what you mean by that? :wink:

However, if you could start him on writing more descriptively now,
that would add 'flavour' to his writing and help it to stand out.

You can remind him to 'show' and not 'tell' a scene.

Example (tell):

- I helped my mother to clean the house. I felt very happy. She told
me that I was very helpful.

Example (show):

- "Come and help me to tidy the house!" my mother called out.
Quickly keeping my toys, I went to help her. I took a broom and
began to sweep the floor in big sweeping movements. My mother
smiled at me fondly and we continued to sweep and dust the whole
house together.

Here when we 'show', we use varied sentence structures to make
the story less 'monotonous'. For example, we start some sentences
with "ly" or we have a speech in the writing. We also 'show' the
scene by using descriptive words l
ike 'quickly', 'fondly', and
'big sweeping movements'. This helps to paint the picture of what
is happening in the reader's mind and pulls him into the story.

TAS

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Postby isabella.zola » Fri Oct 01, 2010 11:24 pm

Hi TAS,

How do you get a child to start writing if he is very resistent to do so? :(

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Postby jedamum » Sun Oct 03, 2010 8:58 pm

The Alternative Story wrote:Hi jedamum,

Actually, 'creative writing' is just a loose term that everyone uses.
True creative writing will cover a range of genres (poems, plays etc)
and the children can let their imagination run wild.

However as we are training the children for their examinations as well,
we also need to keep in mind the context of creative writing in the
examination context.

Hence creative writing in most Singaporean centres or assessment
books would mean writing that is more descriptive.

'Written expression' simply means composition here. But as your child
is in lower primary, they would only need to write a few sentences.

For lower primary students, the teachers look more for clear and simple
sentences. You can emphasize that with your child. I think it is not
so advisable to let his imagination go wild yet. But maybe you could
elaborate on what you mean by that? :wink:

However, if you could start him on writing more descriptively now,
that would add 'flavour' to his writing and help it to stand out.

You can remind him to 'show' and not 'tell' a scene.

Example (tell):

- I helped my mother to clean the house. I felt very happy. She told
me that I was very helpful.

Example (show):

- "Come and help me to tidy the house!" my mother called out.
Quickly keeping my toys, I went to help her. I took a broom and
began to sweep the floor in big sweeping movements. My mother
smiled at me fondly and we continued to sweep and dust the whole
house together.

Here when we 'show', we use varied sentence structures to make
the story less 'monotonous'. For example, we start some sentences
with "ly" or we have a speech in the writing. We also 'show' the
scene by using descriptive words l
ike 'quickly', 'fondly', and
'big sweeping movements'. This helps to paint the picture of what
is happening in the reader's mind and pulls him into the story.

TAS

hi TAS,
thanks for sharing.

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Postby littlewoman » Sun Oct 03, 2010 10:20 pm

Hi TAS,

I noticed that for your book, some of the lower pri children can write very well, even as well as some of the pri 4s. Did they start learning these strategies from preschool? If a child is not naturally good in this area, what do you recommend that I can do at home as a parent to help? Thanks very much!

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Postby The Alternative Story » Mon Oct 04, 2010 1:16 pm

isabella.zola wrote:Hi TAS,

How do you get a child to start writing if he is very resistent to do so? :(


Hi isabella.zola,

You can make writing fun for him or her.

These are some suggestions to make writing fun:

1) Have a comic strip to tell your story

You can ask him to write a story but instead of pure writing, you can
get your child to draw cartoon characters and use speech bubbles to
show what the characters are saying in the story instead.

2) Combine plots from different stories

Show him different extracts from a story book and ask him to
take a storyline from one book and merge it with another and
come up with his own unique story.

Example:

Story of 3 Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf..stop at the part
where he enters the pig's house to blow it down and weave in this
story to 'Jack and the Beanstalk' where the Big Bad Wolf
huffs and puffs and finds himself in the land of giants and he
needs to depend on Jack to survive.

In the end, he realizes that he cannot go around blowing other
animals' houses down just to get what he wants as he realizes that
if Jack had not been unselfish, he would have been killed by the giant.

By doing so, your child does not have to write his own story but
instead he can choose to weave in one part of a story into another
and create something new altogether. This also helps him to be more
creative.

Basically, you can set writing tasks for him that are fun and which
also do not include lots of actual writing yet to get him started :D

TAS

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Postby The Alternative Story » Mon Oct 04, 2010 1:17 pm

jedamum wrote:hi TAS,
thanks for sharing.


No problem :D

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