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A good author can craft a plot full of twists and unexpected turns. Your class will read a twist-filled short story, analyze the writing technique and word choice employed by the author, and then attempt to write a mystery of their own. Creating a complex plot taking thought, time, and good planning. Note: We were unable to locate the exact story for this lesson, but a similar one may be found on line.
Middle schoolers identify writing techniques in example stories with this story structure lesson. After reading the book The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, they find the differences between it and the original version. Additionally, they decipher the beginning, middle, and end of this story and others.
Connect literature to narrative writing by researching descriptive writing techniques. Elementary and middle schoolers identify the importance of a narrator and voice in the storytelling process. They read writing samples and identify the techniques used to introduce and describe the characters in the story.
Explore writing techniques by analyzing newspapers and magazines with middle schoolers. They will collaborate in small groups to read local news stories and identify the main ideas and author's intent. They also utilize an information chart with three sections labeled persuade, inform, and entertain which helps learners identify journalistic techniques.
Kids love to write fantastic and suspenseful stories, but they can sometimes get out of hand and confusing. To clear up all the clutter, they read a wonderful fictitious white-knuckle story and use it as a model for their own tales of terror. An excellent lesson focused on getting young writers to sharpen their skills of writing fantasy and suspense.
Students use proper writing techniques to write an effective description of the best or worst meal they have ever eaten. In this proper writing techniques instructional activity, students review the parts of a composition and discuss was to elaborate. Students then identify examples of padded sentences and revise before checking for variation in sentence structure.
Students use their editing techniques and use the spell check on their computers using writing techniques and any word processing programs. Then they type the paragraph found on the accompanying sheet full of mistakes. Students also go to the computers and work on their spell check template, editing the text and using the spell check and revising and refining as necessary.