Reluctant writers are everywhere and for one school year, I thought they were all in my 3rd-period class. Essays, summaries, poems, and even their names were all items they simply weren’t interested in putting on paper. I needed to find something that would get them writing because they NEEDED to write. I came across a website called The Literacy Shed. This free site houses short films and animations with teaching ideas. I thought it would be a wonderful opportunity to get my students engaged with a visual and then have them do a writing extension. No matter what the writing extension was, the point was they were writing. It became a popular feature in my class, so every Wednesday was dubbed Creative Writing Wednesday. I saw a change in some of my most reluctant writers as they put pen to paper and added words to their page and even my shy students began to share aloud their creative pieces. I highly recommend that you check out this site and see how you can use it in your classroom.
Here are a few of my personal favorites.