When writers want to give their readers a sneak peek into a character’s real or fictional world, they use snapshots.
What are Snapshots?
Snapshots are vivid descriptions used to help readers create pictures in their minds.
Character snapshots capture little slices of life which help readers:
1) visualize the character’s features,
2) react to the character’s actions, and/or
3) make judgements about the character’s personality.
How Do Authors Use Them to Engage Readers?
Like photographers, writers showcase snapshots which…
...zoom in on characters to reveal their emotions or personalities and
…zoom out to reveal them in a specific setting or with other characters.
The best ones give readers a first impression of a character by revealing just enough information to get readers to ask questions and form opinions.
The lessons in this product were designed to help aspiring writers create memorable and authentic descriptions about real and fictional characters.
THESE SNAPSHOT LESSONS HAVE BEEN CREATED IN 3 FORMATS:
12 Minute Free Writes with Built-In PowerPoint Timer – 10 Prewrite Preview Pages and 10 Timer Display Slides (37 pages)
Photo Cards – 40 photos, 8 cover cards and directions for whole-class and small-group instruction (24 pages)
Gab & Go Stations – 10 station number cards and character snapshots with 1 event poster (35 pages)
Extension Bonus – How to Write Biographical and Literary Snapshots (with samples). Also included: Bonus Bulletin Board Materials (32 pages)
Total: 128 pages
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