Finally, the VCE curriculum has recently incorporated creative writing skills into its assessments. Right now, creative writing skills are optional for VCE student, however, the new VCE English study design is making it compulsory for students to write creatively. It makes sense to encourage creative thinking skills in students as, in no matter which industry they choose to get involved in, being able to respond with novel and innovative solutions to traditional problems is a skill which would benefit any workforce.
So how do we encourage students in the younger year levels to develop the necessary creative thinking skills which will aid them in older years?
Having students predict what happens next after the passage has finished might help to make them broaden and deepen their creative writing skills. An example of this might be “What do think Peter Rabbit did after he escaped?” Questions like this do require the student to have regard to what has happened in the story, and to use that information in a way that is logically consistent with everything the student has already read. Being able to remain faithful to what has already happened in the story, but take the story somewhere fun and interesting is a very useful skill which is likely to assist the student later on.
Of course, there is no one way to foster such skills in students. And also, what works for some students, may not always work for others, however, when it comes to improving the standard of education in a child, a general rule of thumb is to experiment with different techniques until you find something that “sticks”. Hopefully, some of the hints in this article can help you to brainstorm different ways of assisting young people with the development of their literacy skills. These same skills fostered at an early age, will be emphasised straight throughout their secondary education, tertiary education and probably be used well and truly beyond that. It is for this reason that nailing down the basics in the early years critical to the future academic success a child experiences in later life.