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Writing about Spooky or Scary Experiences

Hello students, parents, and teachers,
October is the perfect month to write and share spooky stories. Here are a few resources to help you write a personal narrative about a spooky or scary experience:
1- Learn about the elements and the structure of a narrative and read a sample story:
The Narrative (PDF — 188 KB)
Chasing Iguanas PN (PDF — 108 KB)
2- Your first planning step will be to brainstorm ideas (incidents) for your story:
Incident Brainstorming (PDF — 52 KB)
3- Then, plan the setting and the characters:
Planning the Setting (PDF — 20 KB)
Planning Characters (PDF — 110 KB)
4- After that, decide how you'll "hook" the reader:
Ideas for Hooks (PDF — 52 KB)
5- Finally, identify the climax and organize the main events on a plot diagram:
PN Plot Diagram (PDF — 37 KB)
6- It's time to write the rough draft. Get in the "writing zone" by picturing your planned story as you write it (like watching a movie in your head and writing it down). Don't worry about spelling, mechanics, or grammar at this point.
Narrative Rough Draft (PDF — 122 KB)
7- Then, revise and edit (my favorite step!). The following documents will help:
Narrative Checklists (PDF — 56 KB)
Revising the Narrative (PDF — 1 MB)
8- You're now ready to write your final draft! And how about adding an illustration?
9- Take a final look at your finished product (or have someone else do it). Fix any spelling, punctuation, or capitalization mistakes.
10- Make sure to share your story with family and friends. Be proud of your accomplishment!
Happy Halloween!

Write Cook

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