Techniques for Better Writing

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Techniques for Better Writing

Postby Scholastic Central » Tue Jan 24, 2012 3:36 pm

Hi parents! You can teach these simple writing techniques/tips to your school-going children. There will be only 2 posted today but I will add more in days to come.
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#1 Use Precise Nouns

Postby Scholastic Central » Tue Jan 24, 2012 3:37 pm

Read this: His desk was buried under his things.

Now, imagine this: His desk was buried under dirty clothes, boxes of files and old newspaper cutouts.
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#2 Use Strong Verbs

Postby Scholastic Central » Tue Jan 24, 2012 3:38 pm

Read this: The lights in the hut shine off and on ominously as Tom goes towards it.

Now, imagine this: The lights in the hut flicker ominously as Tom creeps towards it.

After reading the second sentences, does the imagery in your mind change? :)
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#3 Spell It Right

Postby Scholastic Central » Sat Jan 28, 2012 10:31 pm

Being able to spell commonly used words correctly is important. This spelling list for Primary 2 to 3 pupils will give your child added confidence when writing. If the list is too daunting, break it down and have your child learn a dozen or so words at a go. If there is a common but frequently misspelled word that you'll like to share with other parents, please let me know and I'll update the list.

Although the list is for Primary 2 to 3 pupils, upper primary school pupils can benefit from it too!

You can download the pdf file from this link: http://www.scholasticcentral.com/pdfs/S ... st2to3.pdf

I'll be putting up more lists soon!
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Re: Techniques for Better Writing

Postby Kiasu Parent 911 » Mon Jan 30, 2012 1:55 am

I enjoyed this very much, thank you.

Are you sure the words that you used like "ominously" are Primary 2 and 3 words? If so, that is really difficult!

Do you have vocabulary lists for older kids to learn? I have two sons in secondary school and I want them to learn more useful vocabulary.

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Re: Techniques for Better Writing

Postby Scholastic Central » Mon Jan 30, 2012 2:44 pm

I'm glad you enjoyed reading about these techniques!

The ones you refer to are examples of how to apply the writing tips. The writing tips can be taught to both primary and secondary school students.

Only the spelling list is more suited for Primary 2 and 3 students.

I teach secondary school students vocabulary from passages with which students are encouraged to guess the meanings from contextual clues rather than from lists. If you want to get your children to expand their vocabulary on their own, you can encourage them to develop the habit of referring to a dictionary when they encounter a word that they do not understand, whether it be in a book, a magazine or the newspapers. :)
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#4 Begin Differently

Postby Scholastic Central » Sat Feb 04, 2012 11:04 pm

I have nothing against "one sunny day". Many wonderful stories start this way. However, a student should know of other methods to begin a narrative. Below is a link to one such technique. It is suitable for secondary school level and advanced primary school level students. I like it very much. Please let me know if you like it too.

Click http://www.scholasticcentral.com/pdfs/S ... Middle.pdf to download the pdf! :)
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Writing Activities

Postby Scholastic Central » Mon Feb 13, 2012 1:20 pm

more coming soon!
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Re: Techniques for Better Writing

Postby dragonflysg » Thu Feb 16, 2012 3:16 pm

Well to be very honest, my Chinese stinks. Until I started writing having penpals and constant writing got me a B3 from a D7. Hope this helps other parents!

Oh and it seems like you are teaching creative writing. Just to say that those of us working very much do factual writing... sigh...

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Re: Techniques for Better Writing

Postby dragonflysg » Thu Feb 16, 2012 3:36 pm

dragonflysg wrote:Oh and it seems like you are teaching creative writing. Just to say that those of us working very much do factual writing... sigh...


Noticed that my post may cause misundetrstanding without further elaboration... sorry for this.

What I meant was that we parents are currently now in factual writing mode, hence this creative writing for the kids would be a nice refresher for us and also for the kids!

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