How to Make Writing Fun for Students Who Don't Like to Write
Present Different Types of Writing
Academic essays and reports are important to learn how to write, but they can be the most uninteresting and difficult writing for many students to master. Present other types of writing to students to help them find their voice. Try out forms like poems, short stories, personal essays, songs, plays, blogs, or even television shows or commercials. Students can work on their own creations, or they can be assigned a portion of a larger class project, such as a movie, television show, or play. Not all of these forms will be popular with all students, but presenting these different forms will increase the likelihood that your students will find a type of writing that they do enjoy.
Bring Writing to Life
After students have explored different types of writing such as TV shows or plays, you can offer them additional motivation by producing some or all of those works. You can put on a class play that the students worked on together, or you can bring a video camera and let students film short commercials, mini movies, or even news broadcasts. Students will take pride in their writing and will get excited to show off their creations to fellow students and their parents. Such projects can also help shy students become more active in class. Other ideas for bringing students' work to life include performing songs, hosting a poetry reading, or putting on an art show illustrating their story characters.
Create Fun Contests
Encourage students to do their best work by hosting a variety of contests throughout the year. Make the categories broad to allow more opportunities for different students to win, regardless of their skill level. For example, besides best story or poem, categories could include "most unique characters," "best idea," "teacher's favorite," or even "most improved." The more interesting the categories, the more excited students will be about entering....