Students can add life to what they write by telling how they feel in situations. This tool can help students express feelings in different ways. Expressing feeling helps the reader connect with what the author is writing. Making the reader feel emotions through written words shows the author is doing a good job with meaning.
Describe a person's voice while writing!
Before you begin writing, think about something you do well.
Now write to explain something you do well.
Brainstorming: art, skateboarding, dancing, singing, baseball, swimming, gymnastics, fishing, biking, camping, decorating, gardening, teaching, bowling, arcade games, sewing, racing, acting, jump rope, technology, etc.
Use a watermelon as a visual image for story writing with younger children. The watermelon is the main topic, the fruit is a main detail, and the seeds are specific details. Studens can then write their own watermelon stories. They can come up with the watermelon, fruit, and seed for a given topic. Teachers can even provide picture aids for individual use showing the parts of the melon and allowing students to write on each part.
Word Choice is an important skill to teach as students learn to write. Charts like this can be a simple way for students to make their writing more sophisticated. Students will love using these new words as they watch the quality of their writing increase.