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Serious Ambitious Realistic but open to new experiences Animated Happy


Cinquain poems are also very effective in generating descriptive writing. These poems consist of five lines which explore the concept of a person, event or a genre etc. In pairs or small groups, learners agree on a topic which interests them and as a team they write a five line poem to describe it. If working on a computer they can add pictures or visuals to enhance their piece, for example:


Line 1: State a subject in one word (noun) Travelling Line 2: Describe subject in two words (adjectives) Exciting and adventurous Line 3: Describe action about the subject in three words (infinitives/a phrase) broadens the mind Line 4: Express an emotion about the subject in four words I love the freedom Line 5: Restate subject in a single word Travelling


Using Technology in Creative writing The Further Education Learning Technology Group (FELTAG) Report (March 2014) recommends that FE teachers move towards a more extensive and effective use of virtual, blended and online learning of all kinds, taking account of the different needs of different learners and promoting learner engagement in the use of technology-based learning. Computer literacy is a skill that enhances learners' employability skills and employability is a key word in the current government's education policy.


Using technology in a literacy classroom is now an essential component rather than a choice, as trainee teachers are required to embed ICT into their literacy practice. Creative collaborative writing tasks can embrace the use of new technology, setting up activities on college VLEs in which literacy learners can interact with each other online on using blogs, chat forums or editing Wiki pages. Creative writing on the internet can open up a live audience to learners and may also be a preferable mode of written communication for some.


I have found the following activities to be successful in encouraging collaborative creative writing using technology:


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