The cover of this folder is an elementary, student-drawn picture of a boy surrounded by crayons. Using poetic license, the author changed the crayons to colored pens in the essays; however, the point is that exposed to the variety of so many colors, the imagination takes hold and begins to form words, then sentences, and is on its way to a paragraph before the writer can grab one of the pens just to keep up. The sketch not only served as a prompt for the author’s secondary-level essays but as an impetus to motivate students to write their own papers.
Many more narratives would be judged as exemplary if the time frame were shortened. Too many students think they are writing a novel or saga, where the action could take place over weeks, months, years. If, though, they concentrate on a 5-10 (approximately)
moment, they paint a more vivid picture for their readers. This type of writing can be put on a plot graph just as any longer piece. All the elements of a narrative are inherent in Expanded Moments as well. Since there aren’t so many rising actions, the students are forced to use only those details that actually add to the momentum of the work. The turning point / climax can be just as unexpected as in any work as can the theme. It is the quality of the writing that matters, which can only be achieved through voice—part of which is figurative language, word choice, tone, and more.
Students enjoy this assignment because it allows them to be as creative as they choose within the confines of the mode of writing.
Each folder includes instructions on many options for their use.
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