Chitra Soundar’s author visits have been called inspiring and magical by teachers and children. Chitra will talk about growing up with writing, reading and storytelling. Her workshops will help children plan stories with a lot of joy and creative energy. Side-effects include children wanting to write during lunch, discussing story ideas during breaks and observing things around them with a creative eye.
So what happens after the author visit? How do you harness the creative energy and enthusiasm for reading and writing after Chitra Soundar has come and gone? Here are a few ideas to implement.
a) Start a writing journal for your class.
Keep a separate notebook just for free writing. Encourage the children to write from random prompts, descriptions, similes, a poem. As the class teacher you must keep a journal too. Tell children this book will not be marked. It won’t be checked for spellings or punctuation. It’s a book of ideas and random writing like real writers keep.
b) Finish the story started during the workshop
Don’t discard the planning sheets. Give children time over a week to finish writing and illustrating their stories. They could draw it in comics form or write a chapter book or draw it as a picture book. Then ask them to make a cover, give it a title and write a blurb too.
c) Collect the stories into an anthology
Collect all the stories written by children, put it into a binder and keep it in your library for other classes to borrow.
e) Get the stories printed into booklets using online shops. Or type them up and publish them online.
f) Organise a storytelling assembly where children read or tell the stories they created during the author visit.
g) Read Chitra Soundar’s books and do activities. Find a treasure trove of activities here.