- One has Inspiration, and a new MAC, and that makes his willingness dial move up to "10."
- Another has new medication, so now he actually uses my 25 pages of writing tools instead of forgetting they are there in his binder, on his desk at home. One of these pages is a reminder about using strong verbs, of course.
- Yet another has taken on my "Think like a reporter" mantra and asks himself often whether he has the 5 W's and H in his writing for school, or for me.
- The Step-Up-to-Writing summary equation is what one 5th grader is hanging his hat on, because it gives such clear parameters for the many summaries that I assign, since we also work on finding the Main Idea.
Identify the item. THEN Use a verb and a bit more. THEN Finish your thought.
The article on sharks
describes the reasons
why there are more attacks today
explains describes gives compares tells
shows lists provides presents demonstrates