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What You Need:

  • Paper
  • Markers
  • Pencil

What You Do:

  1. Have your child use a marker to divide a sheet of paper into four sections.
  2. Ask him to write the following words in the boxes (the words should be in order from top to bottom, left to right): First, Next, Then, Finally.
  3. Have him think of a story he would like to tell. Encourage him to think of something that has happened to him in the past week. He can write down notes on a separate sheet of paper.
  4. Ask him to begin his story using the word already written in the box. He should have at least 3 sentences per box to help move his story forward. The first box should set up his story, the second box will further the story and create suspense or a dilemma. The third box will resolve the dilemma and explain how it was resolved. The fourth box completes the story and may include further results or effects of what happened.
  5. Encourage him to use descriptive words and create action to help further his story.
  6. Have him read the story aloud when he finishes. Does he think it sounds like a complete story? Does everything make sense to him? Are there any sentences he needs to edit or remove?
  7. When he finishes, have him read his story to friends or family.

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