How convincing is your child? Does he propose ideas and activities he would like to try? When it comes to writing, there are many opportunities to convince others of something you would like to have or do. Proposal writing, like all writing, includes implementing writing process, and is for the most part descriptive in nature. Here's a great project to get your child on the right track towards writing well thought-out proposals (it may even be a substitute to all the begging and whining!)
Have your child imagine that your community is having an art show (if there's a real art exhibition in the works, all the better!), and that he would like to enter a piece. It can be any type of art project he likes: sculpture, photography, painting – the sky's the limit. Before you enter the competition, however, you must describe your project to the judges. Get started by writing a description that gives them a clear and exact picture of your project.
What You Need:
- Art project materials
Some reminders for writing a good descriptive piece:
- Use your senses.
- Write a good topic sentence.
- Choose details that fit your purpose.
- Use exact words.
What You Do:
- First, come up with an art project to make. Take some notes as you ask yourself: What am I interested in? What medium do I want to work? How does this project relate to me and my town? What statements do I want to make with my project (if any)?
- Once that is decided, make sure you have the materials available around your house to create your masterpiece, or know you where you can get them. Will you need film and a camera, or craft materials like glue and scissors? Gather your supplies together to make sure you have everything.
- Next, get writing! Many art shows require that artists submit proposals before their work is accepted. You've already brainstormed a bit, but themes you should be thinking about are: who am I, why am I making this project, and why you (the judges) should accept my work.
- Create a catchy topic sentence. For example, “I’m Jane Doe, and I was inspired to share my love of horses with the community in the form of sculpture art.” Continue to fill out your first paragraph with information about who you are and why you want to enter the art show.
- Next step is to write a paragraph describing your work of art. What is it made out of? Where did your inspiration come from?
- To conclude your proposal, restate your reasons for wanting to be in the show. Don't forget to write “Thank you for your consideration”!
- After you have written your first draft, share it with a parent. Ask for feedback and then begin the editing process that takes place before you can write out your final draft. Keep in mind that most artist statements and good proposals are usually not more than one page.
- Lastly, proofread your proposal. Ask yourself: Did I indent? Did I use capitals correctly? Did I use punctuation and grammar correctly? Did I spell all words correctly?
- Now that you've thought your project out, described your motivations, and set the ball rolling, bring your art project to life. You can exhibit it in your house, schools, or community center – just make sure that your proposal is accepted first!
Alicia Danyali has taught elementary school children for eight years. Most recently, she taught first and third grade at the Washington International School in Washington, D.C. She is also the mother of one young son.