1. Selecting a Topic – using sentence starters. Which is the most interesting.
2. Focusing on Your Topic – what lesson did you learn.
3. Remembering the Details – 5W+H
- Who was in the experience?
- What happened?
- When did it happen?
- Where did it happen?
- Why is this experience important?
- How did I change? (This one’s important!)
- Freewrite-Write nonstop about your topic for five minutes to see what you remember. You’re not drafting; you’re just telling what happened.
4. Putting Events in Order – list 6-10 events and put them in chronological, or time, order. Include the lesson you learned.
5. Gathering Sensory Details – make a table with details using the 5 senses. (I saw… I heard… I smelled… I fetl… I tasted…)
6. Adding Dialogue – use conversation in your writing. Use dialogue in your writing to…
- Show a speaker’s personality and bring characters to life
- Keep the action moving and hold your reader’s attention
- Add information to make it more interesting