Katie has always enjoyed writing. This year she did a six week unit on writing research papers, and lost a little bit of her enthusiasm. We received Creative Freewriting Adventure and Creative Freewriting Adventure Coloring Book Edition by Home School Adventure Co. at the perfect time to help her get some joy back in her writing again!
“My favorite thing about these freewriting exercises was that they gave us something to learn and then after that they gave us prompts and had us put ourselves in the story. I liked that even though it was about history, it wasn’t a “here, write a ten page paper about what you read.” It was fun. It didn’t get boring because I wasn’t stuck writing for twelve hours. My favorite exercise was the Winged Pony one, because I like horses, and think it would be so cool to fly, so it was fun to imagine what that experience would be like. I can’t really choose a least favorite. They were all epic.”
There you have it. I’m pretty sure “epic” is quite a praise in teen speak.
There are ten freewriting exercises in the Creative Freewriting Adventure. They are:
- The Wise Woman
- The Gallery
- Winged Pony
- The Ultimate Christmas Party
Each writing prompt begins with setting the scene for writing. They call this “Your Journey.” For example, one exercise begins with:
“You drive out to your best friend's farmhouse, hoping to surprise her with
a visit. Her pickup truck is parked in the gravel driveway, but she doesn't
answer her door…”
Next are some questions to get them thinking. I think there is a great use of open-ended questions contained here to help facilitate some creativity. They are broken up into sections:
- The Dialogue
- Incorporate your senses
In addition to the Creative Freewriting Adventure, the Home School Adventure Co. also created the Creative Freewriting Adventure Coloring Book Edition. This is identical to the Creative Freewriting Adventure book, with the addition of a coloring page for each exercise. I think this would be a great choice for someone with a teen that would enjoy a corresponding coloring page to go along with their writing!
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