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Summer Camp: Week 7

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Uh oh, do you feel a slight chill in the air?

Welcome to week 7 of Mrs Wordsmith’s Summer Camp. Last week, you came up with opening lines, to try to grab the attention of your reader from the very start of your story.

But a great opening line isn’t the only way to hook a reader. This week, we’ll look at writing devices, and how they can make your writing more interesting.

This week:
Writing Devices
Writing devices are techniques that you can use to make your descriptions more vivid, or clear...
We’ll talk about two here: simile and personification. These sound a bit fancy, but really they’re just ways to describe things that help the reader to picture them.

A simile is when you show how things are similar using the word “like” or “as.” For example, “Plato's mouth was drooling like a river.” Personification is when you talk about something the same way you would talk about a person. For example, “The leaves danced in the wind.”

Download the vocabulary packet and let the words inside inspire your senses and your descriptive writing. Next week is the last week of summer camp – ready your tissues for some teary good-byes!

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 have 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…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.

The next sentences, PACKED with vocabulary words and submitted by Avantika are:
Then, all of a sudden, the walls started to crumble. Shang High stretched his neck to try and see what was going on. An opening revealed a picturesque view, revealing mountains and hills. A colossal rock shot out through the ground, and on top was Shang High’s comb. “Is this day really getting better?” he thought.
What do you think should come next?

Now it’s your turn! Write 1-2 sentences to tell us what's next and send it to [email protected]. Next week, we’ll continue the story with one of your submissions!
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 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: SUMMERCAMPWEEK7 at checkout!
(one use per customer; code valid until August 25, 2021 at 11:59 PDT)

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