Writing activities

Top 50 Best Writing Activities for Kids (2010)

This document was part of a workshop on words, games and writing, presented by Frontier College in conjunction with Cold Lake First Nations Headstart Program.

For each of the 50 activities, the authors have included instructions and what, if any, materials are required. For example, an activity called “All About Me Collage” requires construction paper and magazines from which material can be cut out.

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2013-03-20

Written Conversation [Video - 7:11] (2010)

Featuring Katie Gowan, Literacy Coordinator of the Eastern Shore Musquodoboit Valley Network and literacy learners Evangeline Brown and Barry Blakeney of the Halifax Community Learning Network

This video features literacy instructors and learners in Nova Scotia, demonstrating how conversing in written form can build literacy skills.

The instructor might start by writing a question like “How are you?” on a piece of paper, then hand the paper over to the learner, who writes a response. The instructor can ask simple questions if the learner’s skills are basic or more challenging questions if the learner is more advanced.

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2012-07-31

Publishing Learners [Video - 13:01] (2010)

Featuring Kathy MacCuish, Instructor at the Adult Learning Association of Cape Breton County

This video features Kathy MacCuish, an instructor with the Adult Learning Association of Cape Breton County, discussing the benefits of publishing learners’ writings. Since 2000, she has been involved in the publication of “Our Side of the Mountain,” an annual collection of writing by students in the association’s classes.

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2012-07-06

How To Kit - Comics and Graphic Novels (2011)

The authors explain that a comic is usually a short instalment of a larger story, while a graphic novel is usually an entire story bound and published in a single book. They point out that graphic novels have an important role to play in promoting literacy and may appeal especially to reluctant readers and visual learners.

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2011-11-08

Family Literacy Day 2011: Play With Your Literacy Skills! (2010)

Tips and Activity Sheet for Adults

This one-page tip sheet includes ideas for activities to help adults improve their literacy skills. The ideas include sharing a bedtime story with a child; planning a family trip to the library; and writing down the directions for a favourite childhood game and playing it with the family.

The authors have also included a recipe that children and adults can make together.

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2010-12-17

The Northern Edge Study Guide (2009)

Learning activities for fifteen stories from the first five issues of The Northern Edge

This study guide, produced by the NWT Literacy Council, is aimed at both adult learners and adult educators. It includes learning activities based on fifteen stories from the first five issues of The Northern Edge, an online newspaper for adult learners.

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2010-02-19

Our Side of the Mountain - 2009 (2009)

A collection of stories, poems and ideas written by adult students of the Adult Learning Association of Cape Breton County

This is the 10th anniversary edition of Our Side of the Mountain, a collection of stories, poems and ideas. The book is the largest edition ever, with a wonderful range of writing that will entertain, amuse and inspire the reader. All of the pieces were written by students from the classes of the Adult Learning Association of Cape Breton County, Nova Scotia.

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2009-08-19

Reflections of the Sydney Writing Circle (2009)

This is a collection of stories and poems written by members of the Sydney Writing Circle, a group that is supported by the Adult Learning Association of Cape Breton County in Nova Scotia. The Sydney Writing Circle continues to flourish. Each Tuesday afternoon members meet to share their writings, to engage in writing activities, and to lend encouragement to each
other.

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2009-07-29

Photo Stories (2007)

English 110

This text, developed by the NWT Literacy Council for a basic English course, contains five "photo stories." The stories can be used to initiate discussion on northern topics like dog racing, fishing, sun dogs, the Arctic Winter Games, and crossing the Mackenzie River on a ferry. The instructor can select the handouts needed to teach or reinforce different concepts.

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2008-07-28

Northern Writes Study Guide (2006)

The NWT Literacy Council hosted a northern writing contest from 1992 – 2002 called the Northern Writes Writing Contest. This Study Guide offers learning activities for 4 stories from the writing contest.

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2007-05-08

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