Help Your Child or Students Add More Details About the Characters in their Writing Stories!
In the video below, I will show how you can help your child or students not just tell us what the characters DO in their writing stories. Here’s the exact strategy I will teach you:
“Smart Writers not only tell what the characters DO, they also share WHY the characters did what they did, include the characters’ thinking, and include their responses to what actually happened.”
Here are more ways your child or students can add in more details to their fiction writing:
PreK- Add a picture or one more detail to a picture that is already on the page. Kindergarten- Tell who was there, what they did, and how the characters felt. 1st Grade- Add more details from the images in their mind to the pictures and words on the page. 2nd Grade- Bring the characters to life with details, talk, and actions. 3rd Grade- Show what is happening to (and in) the characters. 4th Grade- Add more about the heart of the story; include not only actions and dialogue, but also thoughts and feelings. 5th Grade- Develop the characters, setting, and plot throughout the story by using a blend of description, action, dialogue, and thinking. 6th Grade- Develop realistic characters and the internal thinking that contributes to the deeper meaning of the story. 7th Grade- Convey and issue, idea, or lesson. Show what is specific about the central character. Develop the setting and the character’s relationship to the setting. 8th Grade- Contrast the character’s thinking with his or her actions or dialogue. Develop the central character’s relationship to the other characters. Show the characters flaws as well as strengths. 9th Grade and Up- Use details to add tension or meaning. Show a character’s aspects that make them unique or worthy of being written about.
Remember that one of the BIG keys to writing stronger and longer stories is to not only include what the characters DO, but alsoshare WHY the characters did what they did, include the characters thinking, and include their responses to what actually happened. This will cause them to write a lot more details across a lot more pages...and that’s exactly what we want.
Let us know in the comments, how we can help your child continue to build these elaboration writing skills in school or at home.