November 10, 2017
And the winner is……
WOW! I am loving your kiddos’ writing! Thank you to all the moms who took the time to submit your children’s story to the Write Early*Write Often*Write Well Writing Contest.
All monthly winners are also eligible to win an iPad Mini! The drawing will take place the first week of January. The November and December spots are up for grabs!
2017 Writing Contest Winners
January 2017: Sarah H. (Fifth-Sixth Grade) Johnstown, Pennsylvania
February 2017: Joshua R. (Third-Fourth Grade) Lutz, Florida
March 2017: Corban A. (Fifth-Sixth Grade) Metamora, Illinois
April 2017: Suhaansie W. (K-First) Freemont, California
May 2017: Amelia S. (3-4 grade) American Fork, Utah
June 2017: Sydney G. (3-4 grade) East Jordan, Michigan
July 2017: Karen j. (3-4 grade) Oak Lawn, Illinois
August 2017: Katherin M. (5-6 grade) Louisville, Kentucky
September 2017: Jeremiah R. (5-6 grade) Arlington, Texas
October 2017: Suri C. (K-1) Newport Beach, California
November 2017: (WILL YOUR NAME BE HERE?)
December 2017: (WILL YOUR NAME BE HERE?)
Want info about the contest? Keep scrolling!
Welcome New HTHL families….
It’s has been said, knowledge is power. So I want to encourage you to power-up for an enjoyable experience by taking time to get familiar with HTHL.
I will assure you that once you travel through your first project, HTHL’s Writing Program will become your favorite subject because it’s so easy to implement.
If you are an online member, click the GREEN “Getting Started” Button. Then read through each one of the five quick-start steps.
If you purchased HTHL’s Teacher’s Kit with DVDs, read the quick-start and the overviews of a lesson and unit.
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Welcome to my three-part series on literary techniques!
- Part 1: The Benefits of Teaching Literary Techniques
- Part 2: Teaching Your Child Literary Techniques in the Paragraph Level
- Part 3: Teaching Your Child Literary Techniques in the Essay Level
Teaching Your Child Literary Techniques in the Essay Level-Part 3
Literary techniques are the special effects of writing. They give the reader the ‘WOW!’ factor, and kids who are in the essay writing level are the perfect age to teach them how to use these special effects of writing.
There are a lot of literary techniques, so where do you start? Why not focus on the top ten!
Top Ten Literary Techniques:
- Simile: Comparison using like or as
- Metaphor: Comparison that does not use like or as
- Alliteration: Words in a row that uses the same beginning sound
- Onomatopoeia: Words that describe a sound
- Personification: Giving a non-human object human characteristics
- Tone: reflects the attitude of a character or author
- Mood: reflects the emotional feeling of an author or character
- Symbolism: Object that represents something else
- Hyperbole: Exaggeration to make a point
- Irony: stating the opposite to convey the actual intended meaning
How do you get your kiddo to craft these beauties and establish a healthy habit of weaving these techniques into their writing? Check out these writing tips:
1. Let them play with the techniques. Play is learning without judgment. Initially, we all learn better when the pressure to perform is removed. We can provide our child space to explore how to write using literary techniques during writing warm-up time.
2. Remind your child often that these techniques are available for use. During each instructional time, review the list. Advertising works because the message is repeated often. In the same way, presenting the Top Ten Literary Technique list helps your child to remember to use these special effects.
3. Focus on one literary technique per writing project. Use each writing project as an opportunity to go deep in instruction. Talk about how the chosen technique can be used throughout the project.
4. Identify literary techniques in classics. Each author usually is an expert in one technique or another. If you are not sure what technique they are famous for, an easy Google search will provide the answer. You may want to have your student keep a reading journal where he/she copies an example of the technique from every chapter. This was always a helpful exercise for my kiddos.
Literary techniques help the reader feel the story. When a reader feels the story, they ascribe to the writer, “Wow, you are an amazing writer.” It’s true and your child knows it. Young authors know when their writing has that kind of effect. When we teach our children how to write literary techniques we are helping them to become writers that move their readers to a WOW experience.
Pictured: The Literary Technique is Right is high light for kids in HTHL’s Essay Writing level!
If you are a new or returning HTHL Mentor/Teacher, take time to refresh yourself in the detailed steps of the writing process. See teacher’s notes in your HTHL Teacher’s Guide. (Online users: Found under the Resources Tab)
Write Early*Write Often*Write Well Writing Contest
Can’t win if you don’t enter!
Check it out: Click HERE
“My son danced all over the house, but is now seated in front of the laptop excitedly writing another story. Thank you for encouraging him!!!” Corban’s Mom
(Corban is a 2017 monthly winner)
Here’s the best part! When you enter the writing contest, you also get published!
AND … ALL PROFITS GO TO SUPPORT Compassion International.
Did you enter a story in 2016?
If the answer is yes, then congratulations, you are a published author! Click HERE to check out and order the first volume of Write Early, Write Often Write Well Anthology.
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This week I’m blogging over at The Homeschool Minute sponsored by The Old Schoolhouse Magazine (TOS).
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