Category Archives: Writing Activities

Archives Online

Students were surprised to learn that archives are not just bits of dusty old paper, in fact many hold terabytes of digital data. They realised that they had often already used online archive resources through databases like Early English Books … Continue reading

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Hands-on Experience

Hands-on object-based-learning works well with archives which, unlike most museum collections, are not under glass. While fascimile copies can often be ordered from repositories and are great for writing activities, nothing beats handling original material. During the university archive sessions … Continue reading

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Understanding the Writing Process

This activity was designed to enhance students’ understanding of the writing process. Working with a range of material from an author’s archive enables students to identify, understand and discuss stages of the writing process and product. Students were given facsimile … Continue reading

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Ice Breaker – Generating Ideas

You don’t need huge amounts of material to start generating ideas for writing. Sometimes the smallest, apparently least significant item in a collection can provide a stimulus for work. It is also interesting to challenge students’ expectations of what might … Continue reading

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