Author’s Craft

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Show, don’t tell.

Use vivid verbs.

Paragraph for effect.

Create images that the reader can see, hear, and feel.

Open your writer’s toolbox: dialog, metaphor, simile, personification, ellipsis, dash, colon, sentence variety, repetition, inner thoughts, leads…

And more.

All good advice, but none of it as effective as it could be without models–mentor texts–to serve as guides for imitation and inspiration.

So in recent weeks, we’ve been reading Michael Crichton, James Herriott, J. K. Rowling, and more published authors to enjoy their work and the way their words made us feel, and to ask how they did it.  What choices did those writers make that were particularly effective, and could we do apply the same “brushstrokes” (thank you, Harry Noden) to our writing to achieve the effect we wanted?  Students were also encouraged to pay attention to the crafting in the books, articles, and posts they read outside of school and to ask the same questions:  What do I like about this?  How did the author do it?

I’m excited to see our attention to author’s craft showing up in student blog posts.   Read the following Flipboard magazines spotlighting our student writers…what craft lessons can you recognize in their work?

Word Play:  Fiction–Setting, Mood, and  Character

Word Play:  Expository and Personal Narrative

 

 

 

 

 

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Some students have asked about how to add some special text effects to their blogs. Enjoy playing with the possibilities below! You can search the web for more options. If you find more cool bling for blogs, leave your recommendations in the comments!


Glitter Text @ Glitterfy.com

 

Get this text and many more glowing fonts here .  After you create your message, choose “get web code” and paste it into your post.  Remember to use the “text” option when pasting in codes.

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Do you like Minecraft? Check out this site for generating text. When you finish designing your message or header, there is no html code to copy. Just download your text for use in your blog, or use a tool like the snipping tool to cut out and save the image for upload as you would any photo. That’s what I did for “Purple Power.”

Published!

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We have enjoyed getting to know our iEARN project partners this fall and exchanging our writing with them.  Our poetry and expository compositions have now been published:  we created Weebly websites for our poetry projects, Ms. Gorelova’s class created a blog for their friendship project, and Ms. Mitrofanova’s class created a newspaper for their teen life project.  Click on the links below to read our work!

Friendship by Ms. Gorelova’s Class
The Footprints of a Generation by Ms. Mitrofanova’s Class
Mrs. Kriese’s 4th Period Poetry Project
Mrs. Kriese’s 6th Period Poetry Project
Mrs. Kriese’s 7th Period Poetry Project
Mrs. Schoch’s 5th Period Poetry Project
Mrs. Schoch’s 2nd Period Poetry Project