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Elements of a Story
Listen to (or read) the story of Cinderella. Then, try the activities on the elements of the story using the tabs: setting, characters, sequence, conflict and resolution.
Read Write Think - Character Childhood Planning Chart
Get a solid sense of a character you are creating for a story by looking at how events in his or her childhood might impact how s/he is today -- keep track of your ideas on this printable chart.
Scholastic: Character Scrapbook
Choose a character (person or animal) from a book you have read. Then use the scrapbook to record everything you remember about that character. You could also use this to keep track of characters you create for your own stories.
TED: How to Write Like the World's Best Selling Author
Dig into Agatha Christie’s writing style to find out how she crafted her mystery novels and how to employ these strategies in your own work.
TED: Three anti-social skills to improve your writing
Enjoy this video exploring how "anti-social" skills (like eavesdropping and muttering) can help you develop characters and dialogue in your writing.
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