Category: For Classroom Use

  • Writing Activity: Describe a Bathroom

    Writing Activity: Describe a Bathroom

    Maurice Lobre – Cabinette de toilette de Jacques-Emile Blanche 1888

  • Writing Activity: Describe A Church

    Writing Activity: Describe A Church

    A collection of churches for inspiration

  • Writing Activity: Describe Medical Rooms and Hospitals

    Writing Activity: Describe Medical Rooms and Hospitals

    Medical rooms and hospitals are safe, infantalising, dangerous, creepy, life-saving, traumatising places, and I offer them here as examples of what Foucault called ‘heterotopia‘. The hospital’s ambiguous relationship to everyday social space has long been a central theme of hospital ethnography. Often, hospitals are presented either as isolated “islands’ defined by biomedical regulation of space […]

  • Creative Writing Prompts from Photos

    TIPS FOR USING IMAGES AS WRITING PROMPTS from @DoWise Go beyond the picture; use it as a stimuls; don’t be constrained by it. Start with a wide focus and then zoom in on specific details Flashback and then jump forward if it fits your narrative to do so Craft the way you start some of…

  • Conflict In The Kitchen

    Conflict In The Kitchen

    Cover by Jessie Willcox Smith; lower left bottom says H114; original is faded and watermarked; Bell, Louise Price, “Kitchen Fun- Teaches children to cook successfully”, Harter Publishing Co, Cleveland, Ohio, ©1932, 28 pages

  • Writing Activity: Describe The Shops

    Writing Activity: Describe The Shops

    A collection of illustrations of shops

  • Poof and the Piglet

    Poof and the Piglet

    Poof and the Piglet is a homemade picture book written and illustrated by a 10-year-old who was given the title as inspiration. The 10-year-old has also been taught universal story structure. Poof is the star of an entire series of books. Sometimes she has a sidekick called Worm-hoop (an English owl). This time Worm-hoop is…

  • Poof and Worm-Hoop Part One

    Poof The Old Lady is a graphic novel created by two neurodiverse ten-year-olds. The running gag is that an old lady by the name of Poof goes Poof! at the end of each story. But she comes alive before the next. The creators are best friends at school, and they both like to read and…

  • Story Structure: Opponents In Fiction

    Story Structure: Opponents In Fiction

    Every interesting main character in every story needs a worthy opponent. The opponent makes the main character interesting. The main character learns through their opponent. The opponent attacks the main character’s great shortcoming. The main character deals with their own great shortcoming and grows as a result.

  • The Secret To Russian Fudge

    How to make Russian Fudge — a step-by-step guide for cooks with no sweet thermometer and no Edmonds Cookbook (which is only of limited help anyway). Googling has so far not helped me out on this one, so while Mum was staying at our place this week I had an extended lesson in how to…

  • Writing Activity: Describe A Living Room

    Writing Activity: Describe A Living Room

    As a writing exercise, describe your own living room, or the living room of someone you know. For inspiration, I offer the following examples from literature. EXAMPLE OF A LIVING ROOM DESCRIBED BY DAPHNE DU MAURIER We were all sitting in the long, low room at Farthings, darker than usual because of the rain. The…

  • Writing Activity: Describe A Classroom

    Writing Activity: Describe A Classroom

    Describe a classroom is the perfect writing activity for schools. Maybe you’re in a classroom right now. If so, you can write about that. If not, you can imagine any sort of classroom you like. It may be one classroom in particular, or it may be an amalgamation of several, or of all the classrooms you’ve ever set foot in. Or you might make it up completely.