This not that

Why is paper white and ink black, and not the other way around? 

It is sometimes said, “There is nothing more intimidating than a blank sheet of paper.”

But supposing the blank sheet of paper, rather than being white, was black, and the ink we were writing with was white.  Would that change what we wrote?

I’ve not tried the experiment, (largely due to a lack of white ink) but my suspicion is that the children would feel strange tackling the project of writing white on black rather than black on white.   

The act of writing might well become more important than the act of thinking what to write.  But it might just change what the children then decided to write.

And it is at this point that the more imaginative children will start thinking… “if the paper and the ink have reversed colours, maybe other things will have reversed as well.”  And then they will be off changing everything around.  The ground is orange, but the sky is yellow…

Or maybe it is not just colours.  The teacher stands on her head.  The rabbit is walking on the ceiling…

So, how can you inspire children to try approaches and ideas they may never previously have thought to be possible or acceptable?

Cracking Creative Writing in KS2” was written to meet this need. It contains over 100 activities to simulate children’s imaginations as they consider what would happen if an elephant married a fridge, they try to hide a line from a classic poem in their own poetry or even explore the differences between a bicycle and a banana (there are a few).

Better still, the self-contained activities take just 30 to 60 minutes each to complete, so they will easily fit into a lesson.  Through doing these activities children will explore and play with language, learn how it works and, best of all, realise language can be fun. And, at the end of the lesson, they will have a piece of work they can be proud of. 

The book is available both in printed and e-format.  You can read more, on our website.

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