Creative writing can sometimes be a struggle for students who can not visual a setting. I found my son could describe things better when he actually could see them.
I have been working on incorporating Apps into our homeschool. This week I purchased the Felt Board App by Software Smoothie. Yes this app is designed for younger students but using it for creative writing as allowed me to expand the grade level of use. Check out the web site for examples of using it to create scenes of items that start with certain letters.
Creative Writing with Felt Board App:
I just loved making scenes that look like a felt board! I then handed it over to my son so he could create his own picture. Within minutes he was making choices on how his scene should look. It was easy for him to navigate the many choices provided.
Once the scene was completed, I propped up the iPad on the table and my son began brain storming about his pirate story.
Having the visual aid really helped to keep my son focused on what details needed to be included in his story. I could then ask him to describe how his pirate looked or where the pirate was standing on the boat. These prompts helped him write better descriptive sentences.
Having the scene for him to see helped to keep him from writing about something else. No need to write about the space scene when the topic sentence is about pirates.
He still has a final draft to go, but he is already talking about the sequel!
Since the App has a photo option we can take a picture of the scene and add it into his typed story. I see a book in the making!
Even after this creative writing assignment was done, my son would create new scenes and orally told me stories.
You can even get it for android.