Writing Camp! Of course! Why didn't I think of this sooner? I have held Spanish Camps for kids for over 10 years, but I hadn't thought about having a Writing Camp until last summer. Now an annual event, I want to share some exercises in creativity the kids loved and what I learned the second time around.
It seems to work out to have the camp for four days in a row for about three hours each day. A lunch break in the middle of the time works great to refuel and socialize. A poetry recital or reading of some kind at the end will show students their work is valued and show parents what you have been up to!
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Sprinkling in creative writing exercises and poetry throughout each day worked well. We played with many different forms of poetry such as: haiku, cinquain, different styles of rhyming poems, free verse, shape poems, acrostics, and the favorite this year- list poems. After students were taught a form, they saw examples, we would try it together, and then they would write. They could then add their poem into their blank books with the sharpie pens. Illustrations were optional and a fun thing to do when waiting for others. Probably the favorite part was sharing poems throughout the time.
Besides poems, we did all kinds of writing exercises to flex our creative muscles.
We did many other exercises throughout the camp, but ended with a time to celebrate their work. Family members were invited to a recital, where each student shared two pieces from the week on a microphone in front of the audience.
We had a great time together playing with words, encouraging each other, and sharing our efforts. My hope is that students were inspired to take risks in their writing and that they will infuse some of what they learned as they continue to write. I feel blessed to have worked with such an amazing group of young authors.