Using Legends of Druidawn in Your Writing Curriculum
Creative writing lesson plans can be very difficult and time consuming to create and this is especially true for someone teaching creative writing. By its very nature, this subject should be fun and creative, not only for the students, but for the teacher as well.
Educators can add or substitute their own curriculum ideas at any point during the story adventure. If there isn't an obstacle in the story adventure when you need one, add it in yourself. If the players run into an obstacle that requires the completion of a curriculum assignment, but the one listed isn't exactly what you want your students to do, choose another instead. The following is a small list of creative writing substitution ideas. But remember, practically any classroom assignment will do, even one having to do with technical writing such as an essay or research paper (but I would wait until the students are really hooked on the game before I'd sneak in technical writing).
Find ten prepositions, adjectives, adverbs, etc. in a fiction book or on the walls of the classroom.
Put an edible object in the middle of the floor and have the students describe the object using all five of their senses, or with as many adjectives as possible
Write a poem (any kind).
Write a letter from the player's character to another character in the game.
Recite spelling words perfectly.
Look up a specified word in the dictionary and define it.
Look up a fact in an encyclopedia and present this information to the group.
Create a grammar scavenger hunt.
Find at least five synonyms for a word in a thesaurus.
Have a "said" contest. Whoever can come up with the most synonyms for the word "said" wins.
Write to music: put on action music or a sad song and have the students write a scene to the music.
Write a simile, turn it into a metaphor, then transform it to a piece of dialogue.
Practice writing dialog (experiment with different styles) or have the students respond to a situation by writing a dialog of what their characters say during the event.
Have students find examples of dialog in fiction books, read them aloud to the class, and analyze the authors' use of characterization and style of dialog.
Do stream of consciousness writing for five minutes (it doesn't matter what you write - you can write the same thing over and over again, so long as you don't stop writing for five minutes).
Have students edit small portions of each other's stories.
Have students write one paragraph in a story they have been working on.
Ask students to fill out one of the forms included in this package in order to either build a home for their character, create a pet, or make up a new magical item for the special item sheet.