Objective: Get additional practice focusing on a moment.
Our last lesson wanted to teach students what FOCUS means and then had them practice writing a focused story. Today's lesson has students FOCUSing their entire story on one event.
Skill Drill - Developing a Single Moment in Time:
Mel slipped on the ice. Fabian threw a snowball. Everyone said how cold it was that day.
- Is this paragraph well-written?
- Is it focused?
- How many different moments are there here?
- A writer could write an entire story about each sentence!
- Choose one of the moments in the Sample Paragraph above.
- Write a paragraph or more that add details about that moment.
- Share your paragraphs with your Writing Circle.
- Point out the sentences that your peers write that really stood out in your mind.
- Identify strong details that others have written.
- Raise your hand if you can remember laughing in the past few weeks.
- Raise your hand if you were alone watching someone or something when you were laughing. (Visualize that.)
- Raise your hand if others were laughing along with you.
- Raise your hand if you were laughing at yourself.
Describe a hilarious moment. Make sure you use detail and description to focus on just that single moment.