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Summer Camp: Week 8

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Summer Camp: Week 8
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Congratulations - you made it!

It’s the eighth and final week of Mrs Wordsmith’s Summer Camp. If you missed the previous weeks, you can find them here. We’ve created settings and characters, mapped plots, and come up with dazzling opening lines. It’s time to put it all together!


This week:
Writing Devices
 
 
Some final tips to make your writing come alive...
 
 
Dialogue tip: Dialogue is what your characters say out loud. It’s important to give each of your characters their own "voice"– everyone is different, and what one character says might be something another character would never say! These voices will make your characters seem more real.

Sentences tip: Sentences have a kind of music. If every sentence is the same length or built the same way, the music can get a little boring. Remix time! Changing sentence structure will make your story more interesting to read.

Editing tip: Invite your friends to read your story on their own. It’s also useful to read your story out loud! Sometimes this helps you notice when a story is too rushed or is dragging, and whether you’ve used the words that fit best.

Download this week’s vocabulary packet for a final set of imagination-inspiring, story-boosting words you can use to spice up your dialogue and sentences.

 
 
 
Send us your stories!
Please send us your stories – we would love to read and re-share them on our social and email channels! Send them to [email protected]!
 
 
 
 
All summer, we’ve been writing a short story together, adding a tiny bit from a different camper each week. Check out the result, in all of its glory! The last sentences we've added are from a camper named Evie. Keep the story going yourself, and write an exciting ending!
Continue-the-story Shang High had never seen a place like this before. It was a warm summer night at the queen's palace. Ear-splitting music filled the air–the disco party was in full swing! But empty frames covered every wall…Every single person in the kingdom was at the disco party. Everyone was dressed in the most colourful outfits. The palace was filled with delirious dancing and calm chatting... What was happening? One moment, the walls for filled with eye-catching paintings, and the next, they were gone! The queen summoned her most trust-worthy guards for the case…The guards searched the palace, and then they searched the whole kingdom, but they couldn’t find anything until they spotted a new art gallery. The paintings hadn’t been stolen, they had
been put in the new gallery for the party, so they wouldn’t get in anyone’s way at the party...In the meantime, there was another problem. Shang High's hair was very tangly from shaking and dancing to the music. He was frantically looking for his comb, only to realize he left it at home. "What a nightmare," said Shang High... Shang High told the guards to get a ladder so he could climb up and fix his hair, but the guards said that there were no ladders at the palace. Shang High thought hard. Shang High thought of rock climbing, but it didn't seem right...
 
 
For grown-up campers
We will continue to add videos to our Facebook guides series on the science of reading. Be sure to join our Mrs Wordsmith Community | Ages 4-7 group on Facebook to see them.
 
 
Hungry for more?

If you like our writing tips and vocabulary packets, you can find much more in our How to Write a Story printables. Get a special discount on these and other items with code: LASTCHANCESUMMERCAMP at checkout!
(one use per customer; code valid until September 1, 2021 at 11:59 BST)

 
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