This week, Grade 4 met a real published author, Mr. Scott Crawford! He has written novels, short stories and screenplays. Mr. Crawford was here at BISS to help our class write a story. He spent the whole morning with us in a writing workshop.
He was a very kind gentleman with lots of great ideas for creating stories. He gave us three scenarios for different genres. Our favorite scenario was about zombies, which we chose by voting. When we finished the story, we read it and thought, ‘This story’s genre should be thriller!’
Before we started writing, we planned our plot diagram with Mr. Crawford. We thought about the introduction, rising action, climax, resolution and conclusion. Planning is a very important step.
Then we wrote our story draft. The story was about Sajid (George) and his best friend, Benedict (Tim). Benedict became a zombie by accident. He drank a beaker that was full of unknown green liquid. And at the end, Sajid made “Undoing Zombie Medicine” and he sprayed it on Benedict. At last, Benedict went back to normal.
We made some revisions to our story and also proofread carefully for spelling, grammar and punctuation.
We all really love our story by Mr. Scott Crawford and us, the Grade 4 students. The workshop gave us many ideas for improving our writing. We learned about using dialogue, creating suspense and starting sentences with verbs. We aso had great discussions about genre, characters, plot and setting. Mr Crawford told us that it’s important to write what we know and keep some parts of the story realistic and believable. We learned that anybody and everybody can write stories and we should think about a variety of scenarios for each genre.
Writing Workshop with Mr Crawford on PhotoPeach
What did you learn about writing?