Summer SAVY 2018: Session 2, Day 3 – Story Gardening (Rising 3rd and 4th)
Students started off the day by writing character descriptions for the characters they drew previously, including facts like character names, goals or fears, habitats, and other details. Next, they discussed dialogue and practiced creating humorous dialogue to go with a graphic novel illustration. After studying parts of traditional narrative structure, students worked on their own stories and tried to identify those components in their own work. They took a brief (it started raining!) walk outside and made observations that related to different senses then practiced choosing words to convey them. After discussing aspects of setting, students created maps to go with their stories and made collages or sculptures of structures in their stories. Some students brought theirs home and others will share theirs with you soon! Ask your student about it!
*Ask your child about the five senses and how they can help writing feel more “real” to the reader. Then take turns making observations using each sense.
*Discuss the importance of setting and ask your child to describe the setting of the story s/he is working on.
*Have your child explain how the way people say things can be just as important as what they say.
Working on Character Books