For today’s guest speaker, Jeri Rowe, discussed writing in general. During the first few minutes of class, the students wrote about someone from their family or a pet whom they love very much. Then asking a few of the students to read their materials, Jeri asked questions based on their subject: What do they do? What are they like? Small details that describes the person or animal on paper. Details, such as names, characteristics, hobbies, events and setting, help build a strong structure within writing, especially in journalism. You would want to demonstrate to the readers what is going on, what it truly felt like to be at a specific event, meeting this person, as if the reader is being transported through time. Whenever you write, no matter what kind of format and subject you focus on, always remember to include the important details.
Here are some of Jeri’s tips you can go over:
As for the classes, the students are already working on their stories. A few are still having writer’s block but the staff of the Young Writer’s Camp are helping them make ideas and edit their work. Using computers and laptops, the students are learning to use programs such as Toondo, Voicethread, Weebly and Flipbooks. Some have already written about their pets, others based on a video games, about soccer and baseball and some were written as a autobiography. The students are working very hard and by the end of next week, their creativity will be officially published for their friends and family to see.