Thursday, October 7, 2010

Writing with Reactions

Today in school we had more writing to do...the never ending battle.  He had to write paragraphs with "reactions" included.  We had just read a short version of "Gulliver's Travels" so he had to write a story of a fantasy land. 

Classic Starts: Gulliver's Travels (Classic Starts Series)He choose to imagine being sucked into one of his video games, Lord of the Rings Online.  He did great his first paragraph with reactions of being "confused" & "amazed" but the second parapraph he totally forgot!  He wrote about being attacked by giant spiders & other great action...but no reactions.  What am I going to do with this kid?

So we discussed what his "reactions" would have been...."scared, nervous, frightened", etc. & how they would have made the story more interesting.  Without "reactions" there is no emotion.  When there is no written dialogue, "reactions" tell how the character feels about a person, place, or situation.

So the next time your child writes a story have them add reactions to add more interest & emotion.  Some reactions to include could be:  happy, excited, sad, concerned, sympathy, anger, shy, disappointment,  proud, disgust, etc.  With these additions they will add emotion & interest.

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