Teaching Students to Make Writing Visual and Vivid: Lessons and Strategies for Helping Students Elaborate Using Imagery, Anecdotes, Dialogue, Figurative Language, Cinematic Techniques, Scenarios, and Sensory Detail

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It s all about the pictures. When student writers rely primarily on vague statements adjectives and adverbs their writing doesn t score well on tests and worse sounds generic voiceless and dull. Creating vivid pictures is the key to good writing. In this book a teacher/writer/cartoonist provides tools for helping students write about people places events and even abstractions so that their readers can see hear smell touch and taste their topics. The author demonstrates ways to use figurative language movie techniques moment-by-moment narration hypothetical scenarios and dialogue to make any kind of writing come alive on the page.
- Author s lively original reproducible middle-school-based comic strips make key points about writing through humor.
- Classroom-tested ideas produce powerful engaging writing and raise test scores.
- Writing exercises included here inspire even reluctant writers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545147811
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/1/2010
  • Pages: 144
  • Age range: 10 years
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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  • Posted July 4, 2010

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    Visual, Vivid...and Versatile!

    I just finished my copy of Making Writing Visual & Vivid yesterday, highlighting as I read. What a wealth of writing tips and instruction! For instance, the use of camera angles and movie shots for planning my writing (chapter 9) gave me a new vantage point for creating memorable scenes, while chapter 10's step-by-step unveiling of Finkle's approach to figurative language revealed facets of devising metaphors, similes, and hyperboles that I never before understood. I'm going to use every bit of the gold I found in this book to rewrite the novel I penned several years ago, as well as in my freelance writing, on my website, and of course, with my students. A valuable, versatile resource for teachers, students, and writers of all genres!

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