Start with a drawing! We’ve worked with grades Daycare (18mths) to Grade 8. And, I have to tell you a picture is worth a thousand words (or at least some with younger kids)! Today’s generation is video, images, and music to some extent (and, by the way, we’ve always been more visual than any other learning style).
Our KfK Books Reps have been in schools! Getting kids writing and engaging them in reading. And ‘picture first’ is such an amazing key!! We had kids writing amazing stories in one period; they were even astonished that they could accomplish so much in so little time.
Parents/Teachers – try this!
IMPORTANT RULE ~ no critique – let their creativity flow, lots of time to edit later!!
- Create the atmosphere, story starter, staged set-up, (for example: 18mths daycare students, we had Popsicle sticks with marshmallows and talked about camping, they drew campsite pics and talked about their pic while teachers wrote what they said; Grade 3, we talked about super heroes and costumes that enhanced their powers to make a difference, they drew, then described the character, created comic strips and described what was happening …moving to a whole story + read this to younger students who were thoroughly engaged and in awe of their peers becoming published authors).
- Set the scene – invite them to draw, bring in a photo, act it out.
- Describe what’s happening – depending on age, they can draw action or describe in words (if really young, teacher writes down caption for picture)
- Ask questions to help them enhance the story, add details to help readers see characters and scene.
Once story is on paper, then you can look at mechanics … (spelling , grammar, flow) … after all, that’s how your favourite authors do it!!