Every object tells a story
15 December 2010Add to My Folder
Explore some simple ways to engage children in descriptive writing
Stories about objects
‘I don’t know what to write!’ How often have we heard that? Actually, I have a great deal of sympathy with that statement. I often get scared to start, distracting myself with other ‘important’ things. Then, the moment comes when my deadline is frighteningly close and I look for a stimulus, a germ of an idea, a gem of an idea.
How can we help children to overcome the fear of starting? We need to ask them for a deadline but we owe them a stimulus. We want them to take a germ of an idea and make it into a gem of an idea. A shared ‘ideas time’ activity can be very helpful when trying to make the task of writing seem possible and much less scary.
So, how about starting with an object? Will anything do? Well, probably. A story can be woven around virtually any item. But, does it have to be a story? What about playing with rhyme?
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