’”WHAT I LOVE ABOUT THIS GAME: Contained in a neat little box the size of a heavy novel, are hundreds of possibilities for writing games/prompts with “Six-Sense” cards, Wheels with multiple choices for Protagonist, Goals, Obstacles and Action, as well as sticks with written prompts for First Sentence, Last Straw (create an arc, helpful for those who avoid conflict) an Non-Sequitur (employs the element of change.) *Some prompts unsuitable for children Of course there are more resources I use, but these are my favorites.
When I teach my Summer Studio, I bring all of these books and more for my students to browse and borrow throughout our week together.
WHAT I LOVE ABOUT IT: Concrete examples of writing stronger stories, using two chapters on building characters, two chapters on Voice, as well as setting, conflict, adding detail, putting it all together and How to READ like a Writer!
WHAT I LOVE ABOUT IT: Written for the adult writer who writes teen and YA fiction, this book gives realistic writing advice from developing ideas and characters that will resonate with today’s YA’s to crafting the novel with intent ot market and publish.
They will connect to literacy through classic stories like the *Three Little Pigs* and *The Very Hungry Caterpillar.* Come one, come all!
In this lesson, reading and writing are intertwined as students determine a character's traits from the character's actions.
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Short Story Writing (Grades 6-8) Use this lesson to assign a short story writing activity as well as to illustrate the critical steps of short story composition, including plot elements, brainstorming, and more.
WHAT I LOVE ABOUT THIS BOOK: Fletcher covers all the usual struggles when teaching boys to write: violence in writing, overuse of illustrating, sloppy handwriting, lack of “listening” skills, etc.
“Each chapter begins with a thorough discussion of a topic and ends in a highly practical section titled ‘What can I do I my classroom?