This class will support students through the planning, writing and editing of an excellent short story with a focus on producing work that would excel in an 11+ entrance exam. Students will be supported to use a range of literary devices in their work to create mood and tension. This class is ideal for those students wishing to fill their writing with the technique and style that sets them apart from their peers.
Planning to Use Literary Devices: this session will guide the students through the use of literary devices such as similes, metaphors, personification, alliteration, onomatopoeias, pathetic fallacy and sibilance before helping them to plan and begin their own story filled with original, descriptive writing.
The Heart of the Issue: this session will help students to build their story to an interesting, original, unexpected climax through their use of literary and structural devices. There are subtle differences between, for example, describing the playground to be “like a jungle” as opposed to “the playground was a wild jungle.” The former (simile) emphasises the height of the equipment and the potential for adventures and imaginative play, whereas the latter (metaphor) focuses upon the lawless, dangerous qualities of the playground. By teaching the children the difference they will be able to start making similar distinctions in their own writing.
Endings: this session will focus on engaging endings and the importance of leaving time to edit stories. We will create a workshop environment to help the students to edit their own work and really consider how to shape a powerful, memorable ending. Students have a tendency to rush the ending to their stories, so some attention in this area can really help a child’s work to shine out.
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