Students are diving into their third unit of study in writing, Writing Gripping Fictional Stories. Students are beginning to create characters that will become the main characters in fictional stories. They will generate ideas for where the setting of their story is, how their characters feels, thinks, and acts, what problems they encounter, and how they solve problems.
“What can I do at home?”
At home, ask your child questions about the characters they are creating. Encourage them to tell gripping fictional stories about the adventures their characters will go on in their stories. Ask them to tell you about the different problems their characters my face in the places they go to, then have them tell you how they might try to solve those problems. Ask your child to describe their characters, both “inside” and “outside” traits. If your child is struggling to describe the “inside” of their characters, encourage them to think of how their characters feel throughout their adventures.
What it looks like
Below you will see kids from class 2-304 engaged in writing workshop. Students were given construction paper, pencils, and crayons and began brainstorming ideas for a character that will be part of their fictional stories. They began to develop their characters by giving them a name and deciding how old their character will be. They began thinking about the lives of their characters which helped them begin to add more details to the drawings of their characters. You will also find a chart featured in the classroom that students can refer to as they begin to think of their characters and their gripping fictional stories.