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Story Writing Quiz for Children - Does Your Home School Student Use These Professional Techniques?

Here are seven advanced techniques that authors use to create a powerful story. Share this quick quiz to see which skills your kids and use to see what difference a practice of writing small 'chunks' can make ...

TOPIC: A Boy, a Bear and a Lucky Escape

Plans for Success: Which plan is better?

a) we went to the zoo and the bear got loose and chased Jeremy.
b) We went to the zoo and the bear escaped and chased Jeremy, the naughtiest boy in school. Our teacher whistled really loud and threw a hamburger to distract the bear so Jeremy has been saved.

Oz (b): Always know the ending. Remember the Story Graph? The story should be developed into a major peak - which means that the writer is to know the ending right away. If the child does not end, they do not have a story plan, they only have an idea and a couple of characters.

Hot starts: Which story begins more interesting?

a) The lock on the cage the bear's look old, and bear the cross look.
b) I woke up that morning, got dressed and eat breakfast.

Oz (a): warn kids NOT to start the story at the beginning of day where nothing happens. Stories should begin with action and excitement, to hook the reader immediately.

Dynamic dialogue: Which is the most powerful conversation?

a) Ms. Elleson teacher told us to stand back from the cage the bears are growling loud, but Jeremy was not listen.
b) 'Stand back,' said Ms. Elleson our teacher, but Jeremy is not listed. Suddenly the bear growled loudly. 'Jeremy!' cried Ms. Elleson, 'get away from the white. NOW! '

Oz (b): to bring characters to life through the use of dialogue.

Which scene is more tension?

a) The bear reared up and growled again. Then it jumped on Jeremy and the door flew open. Jeremy yelled and started running and the bear followed him.
b) The bear reared up and growled again even stronger. Jeremy just laughed and pretended to grumble too and jumped around, teasing it. Suddenly bear The snarled and lunged at him. The rusted lock on the door rattled and then, with a crack, it broke apart. The cage door slid open and for a moment, the only white rose there, confused and angry. Then with a yell, Jeremy started running - and the bear followed.

Ans: (b): Young writers often make the scenes tension too short. Show them how to escalate the action slowly but powerfully to increase the excitement.

Show, Do not Tell. Which sentence 'Say' and that 'shows'?

a) I was really scared.
b) My heart was thudding in my chest and powerful brain.

Ans: (A) telling and (b) shows. Showing is far more credible to readers.

Ban the Boring Bits. Which sentence would YOU rather read?

a) Ms. Elleson suddenly put her finger in her mouth and gave a really loud whistle. Matthew and Lance and Pete and I almost went deaf. The bear skidded to a halt and looked at him. Slowly she bent and put the hamburger he'd just bought from the store, on the ground and stepped back.
b) Ms. Elleson suddenly put her fingers in her mouth and gave a really strong whistle. The bear skidded to a halt and looked at him. Slowly she bent and put her on the ground hamburger and stepped back.

Ans: (b) By cutting out unnecessary details reader is hooked to what is happening to the characters and wants to keep reading.

Endings exciting. Which end of holding your interest the most?

a) The Rangers caught the bear easily, it is still eating the hamburger. Then we saw some more animals and caught the bus back to school.
b) The Rangers caught the bear easily, it is still eating the hamburger.
'Jeremy,' said Ms. Elleson, 'Loan me a hamburger. I get one from the store please. 'Jeremy just looked at him in amazement. He was not even sweating. 'Now please Jeremy,' she said firmly. And for once, Jeremy is exactly what he said.

Ans: (b) Keep your reader hooked right to the end - no boring bus trip home.

(C) Jen McVeity, National Literacy Champion.

About the Author

The fun Seven Steps to Writing Success program, by successful author, Jen McVeity, is in 900+ schools. Suited to the home school curriculum & gifted children, it has rapidly increased students' writing skills and enjoyment. Visit for top writing tips and activities - more in the free Parent Newsletters. Click on 'Sample' tab for a free Story Starters Worksheet.

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