Today was a lot of fun! Students created Wacky Web Tales and were cracking up! The practice with the different parts of speech was just what we needed. Review the Parts of Speech help section, especially the verbs section.
- A verb is a word that can show action. When a verb tells what people or things do it is called an action verb.
- A present tense verb shows action that is happening now.
- A past tense verb shows action that has already happened.
- A future tense verb shows action that will happen.
|Present Tense||Past Tense||Future Tense|
|Bats hunt at night.||The bats hunted last night.||The bats will hunt tonight.|
|The bats fly quickly.||The bats flew overhead.||The bats will fly later.|
Then the tips about writing were very timely, like Tara's tip on the web site Tips for Young Writers.........
The best writers use an active writing voice as much as possible. So instead of saying: “She picked up the pencil,” say instead, “She grabbed the pencil.”
I saw some good tips on your posts today. Here are a few:
Paulina provides this excellent tip:
Another good tip is to always check your work. It is a good idea to use a dictionary while you are checking it. You may also change words to make it more exiting. You can look up words you're not sure about and it will help you write a good story. It will also help to read it aloud. That way you can hear how it sounds.
Alejandra notes this bit of advice:
You should reread EVERYTHING you write !!!!!!! Why? If you don't you might miss spell something. You should think about it.
Patrick follows with his good thoughts:
I also have a good tip. My tip is that when your"re writing you can't just write what your teacher would like. Instead put yourself into the story. You must be the words. You must understand the story. That's my tip and it's one of my favorites.
You were really producing some good work today and the pace has really picked up! I am amazed and so pleased with your efforts. Remember your homework is to come up with three good writing tips. We'll do some brainstorming next week about our project. I think we have some good beginnings. This journey is going to be cool! Writing is fun!
Here are a couple of writing tips I've been thinking about that I'd like to share.
- Keep the five senses in mind when you write. Make your descriptions come alive by including references to what you see, hear, touch, smell, and taste. A pepper can be red and can be very hot, but make your writing come alive by saying that a pepper is the color of a thousand little red sparks in a flaming fire and can make your mouth feel like it will explode. This makes sense, right?
- Action words keep the reader hangin on! Words like scurried, tumbled, tossed, hurled, charged, howled. Get the picture? Better yet, are you getting your readers to make pictures in their heads? Action words help so keep your readers attention riveted on your writing by using them!
I am really excited about our up and coming project. Have a wonderful week!