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Can I Have a Word?
Ideas and resources to inspire creative writing in middle- and high-school students.
Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12


This 2006 Webby Award winner, developed by Barbicon Education, offers teachers “new ideas and resources to inspire creative writing in the classroom” and includes poems by leading poets, video animations, classroom activities and more.
This well designed site puts the content at your fingertips with the four projects prominently featured on the main page as well as in the left side navigation menu. Macromedia Flash Player is required.

Inspire your students to become creative writers with the resources and activities at Can I Have a Word? The site features four projects including the elements, the human body, the Odyssey, and changing voices. These four projects cover various areas of creative writing such as descriptive writing, conversational and narrative prose, creative character prose, and influential writing. Students learn to create these writing assignments by listening to new poems by such poets as Margot Henderson, Michael Rosen, and Valerie Bloom, watching stimulating visual presentations and participating in the classroom activities and ideas that are provided. Teachers will find worksheets and poems, classroom displays, teacher tips, and a link to download the Flash animation to their desktop for easy viewing in the classroom. Also included are profiles for all the poets featured on the site, top tips for writing, curriculum connections, and other resources.


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