Write Away!: One Author's Favorite Activities That Help Ordinary Writers Become Extraordinary Writers

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Scholastic Inc., 1998 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 95 pages
These quick, fresh, and fun writing exercises created by a prolific children's author will teach students how to write well and love every minute of it. Activities focus on getting ideas, building characters, setting the mood, and more.
 

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GENERATING IDEAS
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to examine favorite stories and books to see what makes them successful
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To understand that a story has a plot characters and a setting
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To build on students understanding of plot character and setting
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To choose writing formats that suit writing topics
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To explore how ideas can branch out in different directions
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To expand on story starters
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To develop story lines
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to explore how weather can be used to heighten a mood of a story
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To explore how ordinary events can be made suspenseful
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To show how emotions can add flavor to a piece of writing
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to understand how to use dialogue
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to show how to use speaker tags to clarify dialogue
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to show how using or not using dialogue can influence a storys mood
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To show that even within a short action sequence there are many ways to create a mood
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WORD CHOICE
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BUILDING CHARACTERS
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To become aware that a physical object in a story can suggest very different things about a character
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To recognize that some types of characters have longestablished traits and associations
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To become aware that a name can help establish a characters personality
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To recognize how a welldefined character remains true to type even in new situations
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To explore how the passage of time can changeand not change a character
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To describe the same person from different points of view
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To write from the point of view of the opposite gender
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To describe an event through the eyes of different characters
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To show how psychological and physical descriptions can work together to make memorable characters
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To investigate how food can reveal a characters feelings personality and background
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To explore how characters can be defined by what matters to them
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To use physical details to better define story characters
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To help define a character through the characters environment
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ELABORATING
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to show how the same action can be presented in different moods
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to show the different ways an object can be described
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to show how different kinds of transportation can affect description
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to show how a mood is heightened by a chance in seasons
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To become aware that characters describe objects one way when the objects are familiar to them and another when the objects are unfamiliar
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To decide which nouns deserve emphasis in a particular situation
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To decide which verbs deserve emphasis in a particular situation
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To consider the impact titles can have on readers
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To expand the range of possibilities in making individual word choices
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To choose specific interesting words
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to show the importance of choosing specific interesting words
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REVISING
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to show that choices a writer makes for his character plot and setting in the first draft can change in later drafts
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To think about the order of events in stories
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To consider more than one of the Five senses when describing a situation
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to show that writers sometimes need to make changes to characters after they have gotten to know the story better
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to show that unnecessary details in the dramatic action should be edited out
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to show how plots should be examined for distracting unnecessary parts
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to show how plots should be examined for distracting unnecessary parts
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LOOKING BACK
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GLOSSARY OF LITERARY ELEMENTS
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