This is a resource for literature and communications instructors. It is part of a presentation Debbie Elicksen and Kim Greyson gave at the Palliser Teachers' Convention in Calgary.
Text of Engaging the Reluctant Reader and Reluctant Writer: A teacher's resource
1.Engaging the Reluctant Reader and Reluctant Writer A teaching resourceBy Debbie Elicksen www.freelancepublishing.net/wp
2. FEAR Where is your delivery comfort? Audio Video Words Photography Painting 3. CONQUERING FEAR Break down into sub-categories Find a reason Face the challenge and do it anyway Take small steps to build stamina Mix it up 4. WHERE TO START 5. Follow along when someone else reads. Watch a video of the same work (Pride and Prejudice) as a book and find parallels and references; read the first part and show the first part of the film. Blend things like poetry and songs: pick a song you like, Google the lyrics, re-write the words. Rewrite an articlehow would you write it differently? Offer choices on how to approach it. 6. Read a novel (if not on Play a video on mute and the schools describe it in detail so recommended list, get that a blind person can a note from parents understand the storyline. that it is okay to read it) and present your understanding of it. 7. WRITING 8. Practice writing. The first draft will have errors and flaws. Your work is more than likely great, it just needs polishing. What are things you are passionate about that you can write about? Write a paragraph from a favorite novel and redo it. There is no right or wrong wayits about developing the story the best way you can. Write about a person. Write a piece of fiction from a picture. 9. Get it down firstthen Make a story about what edit. you see in your environment: a flock of Share it with a friend, if pigeonsfrom the comfortable (the pigeons perspective. purpose is not to change or correct, but Stories do not have to be fill in the gaps, look for in written format; can be holes or sense, and pictures, audio, video, give credit for what comic book. looks good). Take ideas from other writers. 10. If you read specific types of books, write that style. Use tools from books and magazines that provide exercises to combat writers block. Show, dont tell. Use all five senses. Write about what you know. Give your eyes a break after a long stretch of writing. Write an outline to give you structure before embarking on your piece. You dont have to write in sequence. Write a list of elements you want in your story then research it. 11. BREAK IT DOWN INTO TOPICS 12. EDITING 13. SPELL CHECK IS A TOOL ONLY Ode to the Spell Checker! Eye halve a spelling chequer It came with my pea sea It plainly marques four my revue Miss steaks eye kin knot sea. As soon as a mist ache is maid It nose bee fore two long And eye can put the error rite Its rare lea ever wrong. It starts as a slab of stone. Look for errors in grammar, punctuation, spelling. Look for poor construction, flow, redundancy. Use a style guide, dictionary, and thesaurus. 14. WHERE TO FIND YOUR VOICE Blogs Journal Ezines Newsletters Social networks YouTube iTunes Flickr Scribd Blogtalkradio CNN iReport SlideShare Facebook notes 15. http://www.freelancepublishing.net/wp/ http://www.youtube.com/user/debbieelicksen http://www.youtube.com/user/delicksen http://about.me/debbie.elicksen http://pinterest.com/debbieelicksen/ https://www.vizify.com/debbie-elicksen http://debbie-elicksen.brandyourself.com/ http://twitter.com/bookpublish101 http://ca.linkedin.com/in/debbieelicksen/ http://debbieelicksen.tumblr.com/ http://www.stage32.com/profile/76429/debbie-elicksen http://www.scoop.it/u/debbie-elicksen-lion https://plus.google.com/u/0/100541659917578195502/about http://www.youtube.com/user/VirtualNewsmakers 16. An adaptation of a PowerPoint Presentation from joint workshop with Debbie Elicksen and Kim Greyson at the Palliser Teachers Convention 2011