Dear students, parents, and teachers,
Happy new year!
I love my new job as librarian. I get the chance to do reading advisory (helping students find books that they'll enjoy and that'll make them better readers), share books I love with students and teachers, and discover and read new books. Plus I enjoy the process of maintaining the library. It all makes me very happy.
Because of my workload, I'll be blogging less from now on, and, since I'm not tutoring students at present, I'll not be posting lessons, but rather interesting "stuff" having to do with writing.
So here we go:
A fun writing exercise:
Walk around the school or your neighborhood pretending to be a detective or a spy. Notice everything around you: the surroundings, the people, the noises, the smells. Write down anything you find interesting, including actions and conversations. Add lots of descriptive details.
This exercise will help you become a better observer, an important quality in a writer.
Later, take a look at your notes. They may spark an idea for a story or a poem.
Also, read books about detectives (Young Sherlock Holmes, Harriet the Spy, etc) to learn about how they observe the world around them.
Most importantly: have fun!