Jo Knowles: Teachers Write 4: Choose one
Greetings, teachers! I hope you’re all having a great summer! I am on vacation in Maine with my family so this is going to be a short post, as it is supposed to rain today but it’s not raining YET and I have to get out on the beach and search for sea glass while I can. 🙂
Monday Morning Warm-Up:
I took the photo below soon after we arrived at the rental house. This is my son and his cousins. They ALWAYS jump into the ocean first thing, no matter how cold. Sometimes they don’t even change into their bathing suits first! But here they are, and I just love how they seem to be deep in thought.
So today, for something a little different, choose one child and write from his or her point of view. Set up the scene–not the obvious one, but the secondary story. Is he or she worried? Scared? Sad? Mad? See if you can incorporate some back story into the description. Throw in some dialog, too. Explore how there are two things happening at once here: the current situation (being in the water), and the one in the child’s head. Like in real life, there are almost always two things happening at once. Conveying this in writing is a challenge, but can make an internal moment where you’re describing a lot of “thinking” more active by showing what’s going on around the character in that same moment. Have fun!