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Memoir Writing: The Power of Narrative Nonfiction (page 2)

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Updated on Mar 21, 2013

Invent real dialogue. Listen to your child have a conversation with the teddy bear and you will hear real dialogue. Good storytellers use dialogue to deliver information because people like listening in on a conversation more than hearing a lecture. Encourage your child to write down invented conversations. Then offer to read them together, each of you taking a part. This is a good time to help your child understand that a piece of writing isn’t necessarily done in one sitting.

Set goals and self-assess progress. Don’t underestimate your child’s ability to set goals or complete a task. Even young children can talk about their intentions, make a plan for writing and discuss what they accomplished. The child who can write an informative, engaging memoir is well on the way to becoming a curious, aware and compassionate individual. These are the qualities an individual needs for success in school and the larger world.

Your job is to make writing part of the daily routine and to make it fun while building skills and confidence. Take a few minutes to model good writing habits yourself. Create regular opportunities for your child to reflect on the day and record thoughts. Above all, children need to know that what they have to say is important to the adults in their lives.

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