Story on a Roll

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By Michelle Lynn Senters- Coming up with ideas for a fiction story can be difficult. Today, you will play a game to help generate ideas. ACTIVITY GAME:  Story on a Roll NEED: paper, pencil, die (If you don’t have a die, you can play use playing cards #1-6 OR write #1-6 on small pieces of paper.) PREPARATION: […]

Student Work: Summer Camp 2014

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It’s time to celebrate! You all did a marvelous job at KIDS ARE WRITERS Summer Camp. I am so proud of all of your efforts. The  following pieces of work were either submitted for publication or were found in the comment sections after the prompts.  Please take the time to read and comment on one another’s […]

A Love Story

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By Michelle Lynn Senters- Writers use “love” as a central theme in many stories because it is a common human experience. Think about ways in which you have seen or experienced love. What have you learned? What is important to you? What does your heart long for? ACTIVITY Explore the photos below. How is love shown in each […]

Laughing with Charlie

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By Michelle Lynn Senters- The legendary Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977) rose to fame during the silent film era as a comedian, actor, and filmmaker. 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of “Tramp”, a screen character created by Charlie. ACTIVITY Watch the following clip from Charlie’s 1936 film, “Modern Times” and choose one or both of the activities […]

Sources of Inspiration

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By Michelle Lynn Senters- This week, we continue to train our brain to think like a writer. Today, you will learn how to transform a life story (true experience from your life or from someone you know) into a fictional story. Think about the stories of your life. Think about the pictures in your photo […]

Sense of Sight

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By Michelle Lynn Senters- For the next several days, you will train your brain to think like a writer. We use our five senses (sight, smell, taste, touch, hearing) to gather information about the world around us. Most of the time, we gather this information without much thought. For example, I might go outside and observe a bird sitting and […]

Dialogue

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By Michelle Lynn Senters- Dialogue is simply the conversation between two or more people within a story. Dialogue is used to: move the plot forward reveal the relationship between characters increase tension reveal character show how someone feels Example (a conversation between the penguins pictured above) “Come on! Let’s try it,” whispered Ping. “But, it’s against […]

Missing Cookies

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By Michelle Lynn Senters- ACTIVITY Watch the following KIDS ARE WRITERS “movie trailer” and write a mystery. Title: The Missing Cookies Characters: Detective Boy, Little Sister, Baby Sister, Mom, Dad, Dog Setting: Home Plot: Someone is stealing all the cookies from the cookie jar. Who could it be? Detective Boy is on the case. CHECK-IN In […]

Make Me Laugh

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By Michelle Lynn Senters- ACTIVITY We have a fun and easy prompt today. Choose from one of the silly photos below and write a paragraph designed to MAKE ME LAUGH! It’s time to find your funny. SIGN-IN In the comment section below, write your first name, age, and your funny paragraph. (Please, no potty humor or […]

Inspired by History

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By Michelle Lynn Senters- As a writer, I seek inspiration from the world around me. Nature. Relationships. Observations. People. Events. The study and appreciation of world leaders, those influential men and women who used their lives for the good of others, is a powerful tool for writers. Today is World Nelson Mandela Day. Nelson Mandela (shown […]

Superhero Comic Strip

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By Michelle Lynn Senters- Yesterday, you created a new superhero. Click here to review prompt. You thought about the following details: Who- Is your superhero a boy, girl, man, woman, alien, or animal? What is their name? Costume- What does your superhero wear? What are their signature colors? Superpowers- What is your character’s superpower or special ability? […]

A New Hero

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  By Michelle Lynn Senters- Hello, Super Writers! It’s time for a new hero, don’t you agree? Answer the following questions to develop your character. Tomorrow, you will write and draw a comic strip about your superhero. ACTIVITY Develop your superhero by answering the above questions. Draw some sketches of your superhero doing different things: saving someone, […]

SUMMER CAMP NOTES

Dear Writers- I wanted to write you a quick note about Summer Camp and submissions. First of all, you are doing a marvelous job! I am quite impressed with your submissions and level of dedication. I am also happy to see you encouraging one another in the comment section. Great writers always use their words […]