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Understanding and Treating the Aggression of Children: Fawns in Gorilla Suits

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Holiday Writing Exercises

 

 

Developed by: Amanda Dixon

Affiliation: The Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie

 

Goal: To facilitate and promote discussion through the use of metaphor.

 Materials:

v     Construction paper

v     Markers (all colors)

v     Scissors

v     Tape

v     Glue

Preparation:

v     Depending on the time of year (Halloween, Christmas, Hanukah, Thanksgiving, etc…) cut out symbols related to those holidays

v     Example: for Halloween out of construction paper cut out a bat, pumpkin, and ghost

 Description of activity:

 v     At the beginning of the session show the individual the cut outs, preface the session with realizing it’s getting close to certain holiday and utilize the holiday as a means to get at that child/teenager’s feelings about that time of year

v     Ask the child/teenager to decorate the symbol and explain that we will then work on writing a story surrounding the symbol

v     Example: the child/teenager selects the bat cut out and continues to write a story about the bat, the bat being the main character in the story.

v     If the child/teenager feels comfortable have them write the story on their own.  Give them time and space to do so.  If they need assistance provide it to them.

v     Following the completion of their story writing, either you read the story or if the child/teenager is comfortable have the story read aloud.

v     Once you or the child/teenager has read the story continue the activity by asking the child/teenager questions pertaining to the story.  Take this a step further by asking them questions about things they did not write about in the story, but ask them things such as, “What do you think would happen if…”.

v      Continue to work in the metaphor.  If the child/teenager takes to this type of activity, continue it in following activities suggesting maybe that the child/teenager develops more of the characters from the original story.

 

 

More Reading:

  • Fight

  • Fire

  • First

  • Fixed

  • Flame

  • Flat

  • Flatten

  • Flight

  • Flour

  • Flower