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I work on this constantly, telling students they have to know where the story is going before they begin to write, because that will help with crafting. Still, there are always two or three who start writing with absolutely no idea about direction. I always ban the "And then I woke up..." endings and, for the first part of the year, they are not allowed cliffhangers either. Any helpful ideas, please?
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meep(oops) nfm On 6/23/11, meep wrote: > I know for my Kinders, having them draw what they want to see > happen helps them to plan. We progress into the beginning, > middle, and end story development as ready. With older > students, maybe drawing a small picture and adding a sentence > or two on a web will help them get the basic idea of what they ...See More
Jun 23, 2011
Diane Owens Creating trouble or a problem for the story is the easy part - finding a way out of the trouble is a lot harder (unless you just wake up, LOL) Try having them work in small groups to brainstorm different ways out of the trouble in each other's stories. Remind them that it's best if the main character solves the story problem and that if a special s...See More
Jun 27, 2011
I don't On 6/21/11, Novel wrote: > I work on this constantly, telling students they have to > know where the story is going before they begin to write, > because that will help with crafting. Still, there are > always two or three who start writing with absolutely no > idea about direction. I always ban the "And then I woke > up..." endin...See More
Aug 30, 2011
Lila On 8/30/11, I don't wrote: > On 6/21/11, Novel wrote: >> In Grade 4-6 students cam and do like to write whatever comes into their minds. Never taking the pencil off the paper, just keeping the writing flowing. Even if it changes to another idea, just keep writing...students do this for whatever amount of time the teacher decides. The stude...See More
Nov 1, 2011
Abbie Graphic organisers are fantastic. When planning I get students to do an initial plan only, using graphic organisers and short notes. I tell them the plan only needs to make sense to them.

Draw the outline of a mountain to represent plot development.
Nov 1, 2011


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