Scary Good Writing Tools 4&5: Adverbs and Noisy Know Nothings.
As you know, the main function of the adverb is to tell how, when, or where an action takes place. Trouble is a good action verb does not need any help, but inexperienced writers use adverbs anyway. This lesson shows students how to know when your verb needs help from an adverb.
This other lesson covers the proper way to use onomatopoeia. Words that demonstrate onomatopoeia are not meant to be used as sound effects, they are meant to sound like what they mean. “The door banged shut.” The trouble with using them as sound effects is that students tend use the sound effect as a substitute for a much more visually stimulating sentence that is filled with action. Also you usually know nothing about what made the sound.
"For many years, my classes used the storytelling methods of Scary Good Writing to prepare for the FCAT writing test. The kids couldn’t wait to do the lessons and would ask when they were going to do Scary Good Writing.The narrative course made it easy for them to grasp a sensible number of writing concepts and remember them. As a result, my individual classes scored 4.6, 4.2, and 4.4. When my three-teacher team started using the course, our classes averaged 4.3 and 4.1. Scary Good Writing really works!” - Jinny Johnson, 4th Grade, W. Melbourne School for Science
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