Step 2 - How to write about it
Today, I would like you to think about how you are going to write your idea.
Think about whether you’d like to capture a single moment in time or prefer to explore a situation over hours and days and/or weeks. This may lead you to writing in a particular way: narratives ‘work’ because something in a story changes and things happen; this is what gives us the plot. Poems or short descriptive passages, though, could just focus on one instance in time.
Before you begin to write, decide what form you will be writing. The Generation Lockdown suggestions include
• a recount
• a poem
• a story
but you are free to choose and submit writing in other forms too!
Play out with different genres and text types. Go and find an example of the type of writing. If you would like to try out a poem, go and find a poem.
What would the same content look, sound and feel like to the reader if you chose vocabulary, grammar and sentences, ways of structuring and organising ideas that are typical of…
• Stories, or parts of a longer story, e.g.
− science fiction stories
− magic and fantasy narratives
− action and adventure books
− gritty ‘real life’ stories
− thrillers and chillers
− a fairytale
− mystery and suspense writing…?
• Non-fiction texts, e.g.
− a newspaper report
− a featured magazine article
− DIY instructions
− a written advertisement for a magazine
− a diary entry, or series of entries
− a letter to a friend (and perhaps their reply)
− a letter to a politician
− a series of emails
− information text for a non-fiction book
− an encyclopaedia entry…?
• Poems, e.g.
− haiku or sequence of haikus
− a narrative poem
− a sonnet (Shakespearean, Spenserian, Petrarchan/Italian?!)
− poems written to be performed (by one voice or many voices?)
− poems in blank verse (regular or irregular stanzas?)
− a poem that uses shape to add meaning…?
Each of these forms of writing will have different purposes and you must be clear on what you hope to achieve. It can help if you make a note of this before you begin your first draft. What do you want your reader to think? How do you want your reader to feel? Try summing this up in three words and then write these at the top of your page as a constant reminder. You can check at each writing stage to make sure you’ve stayed true to your aims.
What did you notice about these words yesterday?
Hopefully, you noticed they end in d or de. They are also verbs. Once we add 'sion' they become nouns.
Please continue to practice adding the sion (turning the word from a verb to a noun).
You can use the Spelling Menu or Spelling Frame to help you.