Monday, November 3, 2014

Writing a Story That Shivers

Who or what will be shivering in your story?
Warm-Up: Silent Reading  Happy Monday! Please take out your A.R. book and begin a session of silent reading. If you need to take an A.R. quiz, please do so.

100 Word Challenge: Reviewing and Making Comments  Many of you have already received a lot of positive feedback about your most recent stories on KidBlog. Take a moment today and review your comments. Read them carefully. What are you doing well in writing? What improvements can you make? 

Let's also spend some time making comments of our own for other writers. You can find some great advice about how to leave "good comments" here. Review our class's Blogroll for a class or a group of students that you would like to connect with. Use your comments to provide positive feedback, make a suggestion, and forge a connection. You may also consider leaving the address of your KidBlog with your comment to keep the conversation going. 

100 Word Challenge: This Week's Prompt  This week's prompt can be found below. 

Many questions immediately come to mind. First, for the sake of my story I want to better understand the nature of shivering. Who exactly shivers and why? I found this definition below.

 I also found this: 

So from my research I determined that shivering can be a response to hypothermia, feeling cold, and even a result of fear or excitement. 

But who will be shivering in my story? We know humans and other warm-blooded animals can shiver. But the pronoun "it" in the prompt, rather than "he" or "she," complicates things. Does "it" refer to an animal, a newborn baby, or possibly a non-human creature or object?  

Finally, the reference to "they" makes me wonder, what point-of-view am I telling this story from? Am I telling the story in first-person and providing a first-had account of the actions of others? Or am I telling the story in third-person in which I am not a part of the story, but rather an objective observer, and consistently use third-person pronouns, such as he, she, and they?

So before you start to craft your own story you may want to establish same of your story's basic elements. What point-of-view will you be telling the story from? Who is 'it'? Who are 'they'? Why is 'it' shivering? What's the setting? 

Since the 'shivering' could potentially be the result of cold, you may consider using some of the descriptive adjectives related to cold and winter below. Additional words related to cold and winter can be found here

You can find the assignment 100 Word Challenge: as it shivered, they in your Language Arts folders. It's time to start writing!  

Homework (1.) Read your A.R. book at home for at least 30 minutes and make a Digital Reading Log entry.  (2.) Get started on your 100 Word Challenge: as it shivered, they story. We will be publishing our stories on Friday, November 7