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Its week 3 of Mrs Wordsmiths Summer Camp!

This week: let’s add characters

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This week: let’s add characters
Get your marshmallows ready, it’s week 3 of Mrs Wordsmith’s Summer Camp!

For the last two weeks, we’ve been building the setting for our stories.

This week:

When you create a character, you can decide how the character looks, sounds, and acts...
How does their appearance help the reader understand them better? For example, a character who is very short may see the world in a different way to a character who is very tall.

What are your character’s unique physical features? What do they wear? What is their voice like? How do they move?
For a little inspiration, download the settings vocabulary packet for your age group:

We’re writing a (very short) story together. Each week until the end of the summer, we’ll add a little more to the story!

Here’s what we had so far:

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…

The next couple of sentences, submitted by Olivia is:
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 do you think should come after Olivia's sentences?

Now it’s your turn! Write 1-2 sentences to continue the story and send it to [email protected]. Next week, we’ll add one of your submissions!
Writer, Unblocked!
Frozen and stuck for ideas? Get warmed up for designing your own characters by stealing one of ours! Choose a Mrs Wordsmith character and image you're dressing them up to travel somewhere in the world. Tell us where they’re going and describe what they look like, using some words from the packet.

We’ll pick one to feature in next week’s summer camp newsletter, and the winner will get our How to Write a Story printable for free!

Camp Wordsmith, Worldwide
This summer camp is so many places at once! Click this globe to see a map showing where some of Mrs Wordsmith’s campers are around the world! A camper in Philadelphia told us the weather there is sunny and hot: "the heat is oppressive!", and one in New York City said it was "cloudy and misty" the morning they wrote in. But our favorite, and the winner this week, comes from all the way across the world from us in Manila, where Gia described the rainy season there beautifully, using lots of lovely vocabulary words:

"Now it is the rainy season here. Usually we get downpours in the afternoon. When there is torrential rain we get a lot of floods. Sometimes the flood can be heavy, and sadly people need to leave their houses. Thankfully, sometimes the floods are lighter so people don’t need to leave their homes."

For grown-up campers
Parents and teachers can have fun learning in the summer, too! Join our Mrs Wordsmith Educators K-2 group on Facebook to see our new series of videos walking you through the fascinating Science of Reading.
Hungry for more?

If you're enjoying this creative writing series, you can find much more content in our How to Write a Story printable!

Get a special 30% discount on this and other printables with the code: SUMMERCAMPWEEK3 at checkout!
(one use per customer; code valid until July 27, 2021 at 11:59 PDT)

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