BLACK FRIDAY starts now...CLICK HERE TO SEE OUR PROMO CODES!

Fall 3: Creative Writing (Grades 4-6) - Mon & Wed

Day 6: December 2, 2020

Hi parents!

We had a great class today. Day 6’s class is meant to discuss dialogue in more detail. The goal of this class is to understand what dialogue is, why dialogue is important, how to write dialogue. We did an exercise together to come up with some dialogue, and Charlie had some awesome ideas!

What we learned today: 

  • What dialogue is 
  • Why dialogue is important --> what it does in a story (i.e. shows personality, moves the story forward, etc.)
  • How to write dialogue, including an exercise where we wrote dialogue for 3 different scenarios to practice
  • Left time at the end to go over Charlie's story/any questions he has

Homework:

  1. Finish the climax of your story
  2. Try to finish the falling action and resolution of your story, as we'll be talking about editing next week and it will be helpful to have your story done.

Next class we'll be talking about editing. 

If your child has any questions related to their story/wants me to read anything over before next class, please have them email me at libby@explorerhop.com

Any questions/suggestions parents have, feel free to comment on the blog. 

See you on Monday!

---

-Libby

Day 5: November 30, 2020

Hi parents!

We had a great class today. Day 5’s class is meant to discuss descriptions in more detail. The goal of this class is to understand how to use descriptions to paint a picture, show emotions, and use figurative language. Charlie's story is coming along amazingly! Awesome work :)

What we learned today: 

  • Provided feedback on Charlie's story so far at the beginning of class.
  • How to "show" emotions/reactions/actions of your character versus "telling" the reader how they're feeling (i.e. if they're angry, you could say they yelled, stomped their feet, and threw up their fists vs. justing saying "they're angry"). We did an exercise where we came up with some universal reactions for certain emotions. 
  • Intro to figurative language: simile, metaphor, hyperbole, and onomatopoeia. 
  • Left time at the end to assist with Charlie's story and where he was feeling stuck. 

Homework:

  1. Finish the rising action and start the climax of your story. 

Next class we'll be talking about dialogue. 

If your child has any questions related to their story/wants me to read anything over before next class, please have them email me at libby@explorerhop.com

Any questions/suggestions parents have, feel free to comment on the blog. 

See you on Wednesday!

-Libby

---

Day 4: November 25, 2020

Hi parents!

We had a great class today. Day 4’s class is meant to discuss setting in more detail. The goal of this class is to understand why setting is important, best practices, and how writing setting can paint different pictures for our readers. Charlie's story is AWESOME so far! He's a super creative kid with lots of great ideas :)

 

What we learned today: 

  • What setting is and why it's important to keep in mind while writing
  • Best practices for writing setting
  • How to use descriptions to write about setting. We did an activity where Charlie described three very different images of forests, the goal being learn how to paint a picture and create a mood/vibe for your reader.

Homework:

  1. Try your best to finish the rising action of your story up until the climax. 

Next class we'll be talking about elevating our descriptions. 

If your child has any questions related to their story/wants me to read anything over before next class, please have them email me at libby@explorerhop.com

Any questions/suggestions parents have, feel free to comment on the blog. 

See you on Monday!

-Libby

---

Day 3: November 23, 2020

Hi parents!

We had a great class today. Day 3’s class is meant to discuss character in more detail. The goal of this class is to understand types of characters, their respective purposes, and how they may change/develop through the story. Charlie's story is coming along nicely so far! Awesome work :)

What we learned today: 

  • Best practices for story introductions
  • What are characters and the different types, including their purposes
  • When characters should be introduced 
  • Character development intro, including an activity where we used the story activity from last week to add in descriptions about the character and how they change for the better throughout the story.

Homework:

  1. Map out your characters (when they get introduced and quick description about them)
  2. Get to the call to adventure
  3. Write as much as the rising action as you can :)

Next class we'll be talking about setting in more detail. Of course, we will discuss Charlie's specific story in more detail and his progress so far. 

If your child has any questions related to their story/wants me to read anything over before next class, please have them email me at libby@explorerhop.com

Any questions/suggestions parents have, feel free to comment on the blog. 

See you on Wednesday!

-Libby

---

Day 2: November 18, 2020

Hi parents!

We had a great class today. Day 2’s class is meant to dive further into rising action and climax, since it's the biggest part of our story, then move onto different story types and points of view. The goal of this class is to understand how to plan our story so we can get started. Charlie has done a lot of thinking on how story already, which is great :)

What we learned today: 

  • What to put into a story outline (I provide one for the students to use which is attached to the email update)
  • How to plan out your rising action and climax so the stakes get higher and the conflict gets more and more intense.
    • For this part, we spent a good chunk of time doing an exercise where we plan out a practice story's rising action and climax. Charlie came up with lots of great, creative ideas!
  • The different story types: milieu, idea, character, event
  • 1st person vs 3rd person point of view

Homework:

  1. Outline the plot of your story (I encourage you to use the story template doc I created, which I've attached to the email I send thru. Please share with your child)
  2. Decide on a story point of view (if you're more comfortable with the narration you typically do in school i.e. 3rd person, stick with that!)
  3. Write the intro and call to adventure

Next week we'll be moving onto how to write strong characters and setting. The homework for next week will be writing the rising action and climax, so it'll be helpful for your child to have their intro and call to adventure done for Monday so they don't fall behind. 

If your child has any questions/wants me to read anything over before next class, please have them email me at libby@explorerhop.com

Any questions/suggestions you have, feel free to comment on the blog. 

See you on next Monday!

-Libby

---

Day 1: November 16, 2020

Hi parents!

We had a great class today. Day 1’s class is meant to get our creative juices flowing, think of a story idea, and learn about plot. Charlie already has many amazing ideas for his story already!

What we learned today: 

  1. How to get your creative juices flowing with a quick writing prompt exercise
  2. What is a story and its many forms
  3. Exercises to do to come up with an unique, creative story idea
  4. Plot and the main plot points to focus on for your story

Homework:

  1. Finalize your story idea

On Wednesday, we’ll be learning about different story types and points of view. 

Any questions/suggestions, feel free to comment on the blog. 

See you on Wednesday!

-Libby

---

Welcome!

My name is Libby and I’m the instructor for your child’s Creative Writing course. I’m looking forward to the program and seeing what amazing stories the students comes up with :)

 

During this course, the students will be writing a short story of their choosing, but the concepts, best practices, and feedback can be applied to future stories—perhaps, even a novel one day!

While the goal is publishing by the end of the end, the aim is more for kids to learn how to better plan and write their stories. Therefore, there isn't the pressure to publish, rather, to learn how to edit and publish once they get there and if they so wish!

Throughout the program, the kids will be working in a Google doc that I'll have access to, which facilities a one-on-one opportunity to answer questions and provide feedback for your child's individual story. 

Here is the zoom link for the class: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87349469019 

For Parents: 

If you have not already done so, please complete the Student Information Form: https://explorerhop.com/pages/information

Also, please bookmark this page and the password that was provided. All updates will be added here. Thanks! 

Looking forward to the weeks ahead!

-Libby

Older Post
Newer Post

Leave a comment

Please note, comments must be approved before they are published

Close (esc)

Popup

Use this popup to embed a mailing list sign up form. Alternatively use it as a simple call to action with a link to a product or a page.

Age verification

By clicking enter you are verifying that you are old enough to consume alcohol.

Search

Shopping Cart

Your cart is currently empty.
Shop now