Every object tells a story

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By Andrew Brodieauthor, Improving Writing (A&C Black)

Explore some simple ways to engage children in descriptive writing

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Stories about objects

‘I don’t know what to write!’ How often have we heard that? Actually, I have a great deal of sympathy with that statement. I often get scared to start, distracting myself with other ‘important’ things. Then, the moment comes when my deadline is frighteningly close and I look for a stimulus, a germ of an idea, a gem of an idea.

How can we help children to overcome the fear of starting? We need to ask them for a deadline but we owe them a stimulus. We want them to take a germ of an idea and make it into a gem of an idea. A shared ‘ideas time’ activity can be very helpful when trying to make the task of writing seem possible and much less scary.


Two-line rhymes

So, how about starting with an object? Will anything do? Well, probably. A story can be woven around virtually any item. But, does it have to be a story? What about playing with rhyme?

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