Top Story Writing Tips

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Top Story Writing Tips

  1. Ask your child what kind of stories they like to read. Why do they like these kind of stories? What kind of characters do they have in them? Where are these kinds of stories set? What kind of problems do the characters face and how are they resolved?
  2. Writing a story about something they are interested in helps. They can brainstorm their story ideas in a notebook.
  3. Encourage your child to plan their story. Look in TMK Essentials for a blank storyboard and story writing mountain.
  4. Ask your child to write their story, using the ideas from their story plan. It doesn't have to be perfect at this stage, just let them write. They can change their ideas from the story plan whilst writing.
  5. Once your child has finished their first draft of the story. Read what they have written back to them. Does it make sense and flow?
  6. Now ask them to go through their story, can they add more to it to make it more interesting or exciting? Can they add some adjectives, verbs or adverbs?
  7. Ask your child to re-read their story again. Have they started their sentences in different ways? Have they used a mixture of short and long sentences (simple, compound and complex sentences)? Can they add some speech to their story?
  8. One final thing to do - checking spellings and punctuation (capital letters, full stops, commas, exclamation marks etc.).
  9. Your child is now ready to copy / write their final draft of their story.

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