The cover of this folder is an elementary, student-drawn picture of woods, complete with trees, a stream, and a bigger-than-life sunrise. 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.
The point of this folder is to focus students on literary terms through the use of the cover picture, making the assignment not only more fun but more challenging as well. For instance, the class as a whole, partner, or individuals are asked in question #1: If you were to write a narrative about the picture, in complete sentences of at least ten words each, describe three possible setting.”
The “challenge” comes into play when the sentences must include figurative language and a vocabulary word.
Other situations have to do with possible conflicts, protagonists, antagonist(s), plot, mood, symbolism, factual information, opinions, inference, prediction, theme, and cause / effect. The writing assignment asks students to choose one of their plots and write a narrative using all the elements they have listed. This is a popular exercise for students to “custom-build” their own narratives based on literary devices they have chosen.
Each folder includes instructions on many options for their use.
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