Why We Need to Teach Creative Writing Every Day in the Language Arts Classroom
Grammar, citations, essay writing, and modes of persuasion are all essential writing and communication skills required by the state that students must learn and master before proceeding to higher education. However, these are not the only critical writing skills to teach and learn in the Language Arts classroom. While informational and persuasive essays are vital to education, and facts and figures from reputable sources should be used to support assertions and theories, learning how to write creatively can improve students’ writing across the board and give them new outlets to explore!
At the Teachers Academy, we understand the importance of creative writing and teaching it in the classroom. We provide a plethora of online professional development courses for teachers in Philadelphia, and the Writer’s Workshop course we offer is dedicated to empowering educators to teach creative writing every day! Here are a few benefits of daily creative writing exercises for students:
Benefits of Teaching Creative Writing
- Boosts Self-Expression & Imagination
Creative writing is a form of expression that lives almost exclusively “outside the box,” and that is precisely where we want our students to think, right? Creative writing allows young writers to explore made-up worlds and experiment with new writing skills. It can also give them healthy outlets to navigate their emotions, learn more about the world and themselves, and share these explorations with their peers, friends, and families.
- Improves Communication Skills & Empathy
Creative writing is an underappreciated form of communication, but it encourages students to imagine new characters, personalities, and points of view, and explore various emotions and motivations. As a result, the burgeoning creative writers will learn how to empathize, accept the existence of new perspectives, and develop their ability to communicate with others.
- Builds Confidence
One of the most challenging hurdles of writing for most children (and adults) is finding a unique voice. By engaging in daily creative writing exercises, students can develop their own voices and views without worrying about citing a quote professionally or losing points for a sentence fragment. When writers find their voices, they become more confident and comfortable expressing their opinions and passions and more likely to assert themselves when necessary.
- Molds Better Writers
Writing is still writing, creative or otherwise. By practicing creative writing every day, students learn to clarify their thoughts, add to their lexicons, and use (or ignore) strict grammar rules to make their writing flow. Creative writing helps young writers create compelling content by avoiding repetitive and dull syntax, inauthenticity, and amateurish assertions.
Explore Creative Writing With the Writer’s Workshop
At the Teachers Academy, we provide PD courses for teachers who need Act 48 credits in the Philadelphia area, and our Writer’s Workshop course is ideal for teachers to earn those credits while also integrating creative writing into their curricula.
For more information on our excellent professional development opportunities, explore our Course Catalog. If you want to enroll in the Writer’s Workshop, feel free to create an account at no cost to you, and purchase the course today!