Your Scene Needs a Problem By Ken Hughes, @TheKenHughes Part of the How They Do It Series Conflict is a must in every scene, but problems come in a myriad of shapes and sizes. The tricky part is knowing what the right problem for your scene is. Game of Awesome / Teaching & learning resources / Success for Boys - Success for Boys Game of Awesome is a card game for 3-6 players designed to engage and inspire kids, specifically boys, to tell stories and learn to write. Playing the game helps students generate ideas quickly which they can explore, expand and write stories. The basic game has been produced as four sets of cards containing topics, themes and ideas that students years 5-8 will find interesting, involving and often ridiculous! The cards can be used independently or mixed and matched to create new combinations and infinitely more ideas. The game is easy to learn for both students and teachers, quick to play and easily employs a range of learning outcomes by using new rules, templates and other teacher support materials provided as free downloadable, printable files. Watch the video to find out why Game of Awesome is worth checking out!
Teaching KIds to Write with Vivid Vocabulary “Descriptive writing is an art form. It’s painting a word picture so that the reader ‘sees’ exactly what you are describing.” ~Brenda Covert This post contains affiliate links. Read our full disclosure policy. Interactive Storytelling for English Exams How much can we actually teach students for exams without being exam-oriented? Wherever we go in professional development the reality of teaching to the test always crops up as something to avoid or get around somehow. Yet, we want our students to achieve high standards and we want them to have qualifications. For me, it’s a matter of teaching BEYOND the test. ********************************************************** Exposing them to real English before they ever see exam-type structures, whilst getting them used to such structures in fun, stress-free environments is a great way to raise competency well before exam deadlines loom ahead.
The Be an Editor Game Course Overview Title: The Be an Editor Game Type: Self-Directed Course Cost: See How Easily You Can Track Your Character's Emotional Arc in a Scene Most authors try to understand what a character is feeling at a particular moment: He’s angry here. He’s happy there. Many authors also consider how the character’s emotional arc changes over the course of the entire story: He begins insecure. He ends confident.
The Questioning Toolkit - Revised The first version of the Questioning Toolkit was published in November of 1997. Since then there has been substantial revision of its major question types and how they may function as an interwoven system. This article takes the model quite a few steps further, explaining more about each type of question and how it might support the overall investigative process in combination with the other types. Learning Markdown: Write For The Web, Faster Table Of Contents §1–What is Markdown? §2–How Markdown Works §3–Learn Markdown In 20 Minutes or Less §4–Exporting and Printing Markdown Documents The First Creative Writing School on the Internet Writers.com has been offering online writing classes in all genres since 1995 -- the first writing school on the Internet. Our web site has been visited by writers from over one hundred ninety-five countries. Our classes are taught by published, working writers who are also experienced teachers. We can help you improve your skills, explore new directions, ready your work for publication, or simply provide a community, inspiration and deadlines to start you writing and keep you writing. Online Writing Classes
Pick Out the Grammar Gremlins Pick out the Grammar Gremlins that pop up in some of the following sentences—and correct them. Good luck! The man whose coming to dinner will be an hour late. If the parties for you and me, then you and I should arrive together. The novel, that I read last night, convinced me I could write one just as interesting. The best way to loose weight is to eat less, exercise more, and try a little liposuction. Carly Watters, Literary Agent This is the social media elephant in the room. You don’t query in a vacuum. If you write a query letter and an agent is intrigued (congratulations!) the next thing an agent does is Google you or click on the links in your signature to see where it takes us. A writer’s virtual footprint is their resume at that point. Here are my ‘online guidelines’ for writers: