Learning From Authors!

Did you know that your child has writing teachers on his/her bookshelf? The next time he/she sits down to read, suggest that they keep their eyes open for ideas and inspiration to try in their own writing. here are some areas they can explore. 

Choosing Words: 

A precise word has big impact on what the reader imagines. Each word conjures up a different image. Your youngster could collect vivid words and phrases from books and consult the list when he's writing. 

Deciding on Structure: 

How did the author organize the novel? One book might tell a story through a series of letters or emails. Another may start in the present and flash back to the past. Encourage your child to jot down titles, along with notes about the books' structures. 

Selecting point of view: 

Every person will tell the same story a little differently, depending on their point of view. Shel Silverstein's poem "Point of View" tells what Thanksgiving dinner would look like from a turkey's point of view. Recommend that your child examine their own ideas from different angles to decide whose point of view works best!