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Elementary Teacher Resources, Issue #040 - More Writing Crafts and Tricks!
November 08, 2009

More Writing Crafts and Tricks!

Lately I've been getting tons and tons and tons and tons of email about Writer's Workshop.

So... I decided to go through my classroom and finally write down the writing crafts and tricks I've been using for you all!

Here's a list of what I've taught in Writer's Workshop lately.

Hope this helps you and your students write amazing, fun stories.

Vivid verbs: Using verbs that add emotion or excitement to stories.

Dash: Adding a pause for suspense.

Sparkle words: These are words that you sprinkle into stories for added “flavor”. I actually trace them in glitter before I hang this one up.

Sensory details: What you see, hear, taste, smell and feel.

Point of view: Taking on the perspective of someone or something else. Examples: birds in sky, piece of gum on the ground.

Idioms: Sayings that don’t really mean what you say. Example: Knock yourself out.

Lyrics: Writing songs for learning or pleasure.

Onomatopoeia: When a word makes the sound of an action. Examples: Splat, Crack.

Ellipsis: Sometimes it is called “dot dot dot”. It is used to build suspense and leave the reader wanting more information.

Circle and keep going: This is a great trick for beginning writers who always want to know “How do you spell…..?” Have the kids stretch out the sounds, circle the word if they aren’t sure if it’s correct and keep going.

Diagram: This is used a lot in non-fiction writing to label parts of an item. This is a really easy craft to start off with.

Dialogue: My kids call this “Talking words”. That’s an easy way to explain it. When someone is talking – it’s dialogue.

Speech bubbles: If you have ever read “Don’t let the pigeon drive the bus” or a comic book, you’ve seen speech bubbles.

Caret: When your student’s think faster than they can write – they will need a caret to fill in the missing words.

Bold: When you want a word to be strong in your story - bold it.

Questions: Many non-fiction books begin or end with a question. It is a great way to introduce sentence variety in a fun way.

Word Wrapping: When the text flows around a picture.

Strong nouns: Instead of using vague pronouns and other words, use strong nouns that clearly convey what you are discussing.

I've taken each of these crafts and made a little hand-drawn poster for my room.

If you're interested in having a set of these mini-posters, you can purchase them for $5. They are an instant download - which means you will have the file right after payment to use in your classroom tomorrow! :)

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I hope that you have enjoyed this newsletter. Please feel free to email it to friends and family who are teachers or homeschool moms!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

See you next month!

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