Monday, October 13, 2014

Writing With Our Noses

What role will your nose play in this week's 100 Word Challenge? 
Library Visit  Happy Monday! We discovered on Friday that some of you were never issued Language of Literature textbooks at the beginning of the school year. We will pay a brief visit to the library today so that those of you that need a copy receive one. Now you can all complete your assignments related to "The Circuit" at home. 

This Week's 100 Word Challenge: Can You Smell It?  Congratulations on completing your first 100 Word Challenge last week! I was so impressed with the quality of your writing, especially your use of descriptive details and imagery. Many of you have already received feedback from readers from around the world. How exciting!

This week's challenge is another intriguing one. The prompt is: . . . I could not believe the smell . . .  

There are endless possibilities here. I can't wait to see what you come up with. You can find the document 100 Word Challenge: I could not believe the smell in your Language Arts folders.

Since 'smell' is such an important part of this week's challenge, I am providing you with some lists of specific sensory words that appeal to your readers' sense of smell. 

Describing the way something smells is no easy task. Check out the way some published authors have described the way things smell below.  

Looking for additional resources on capturing smells in writing? You can find a list of "pleasant" smell words here and a list of "unpleasant" smell words here. Additionally, you can find a how-to-guide on describing smells here. Finally, keep in mind that even though the sense of "smell" is a special focus of this week's challenge, the imagery in your writing should still try to appeal to your readers' other senses as well. 

A Student Example  My eight year old son Owen was very excited about this week's prompt and decided to write his own story as part of the 100 Word Challenge. Here is what he came up, with just a little help from his dad. The link to his story is here. I know Owen would love your feedback.   

Telling a Scary Story?  There are so many places you could go with this week's prompt. Perhaps there is a very scary story lurking behind that smell. If you're interested in incorporating "I could not believe the smell" into a scary story, you may consider using some of the words from the 'scary word' list here

The short video below is also helpful in explaining some of the things you may want to consider when conceiving a scary story. 

Homework  (1.) Start writing your 100 Word Challenge: I could not believe the smell story. (2.) Read your A.R. book at home for at least 30 minutes and make a digital Reading Log entry. (3.) Scholastic Book Orders are due tomorrow!