This lesson will introduce students to the idea of story inspiration, and some of the methods and techniques that writers utilise to find story ideas. Students are encouraged to think about how to approach a blank page, and ways to overcome initial writing hesitation, indecision, and lack of confidence. They will gain some insight and tips for what to do when they are stuck for ideas, and will be inspired to use their own hobbies, interests, and surroundings to originate story concepts. Show Less
Understand nonfiction texts with these five essential text structures. From chronological narratives to cause and effect explanations, problem-solving essays, compare and contrast articles, and descriptive lists, once you know these structures, you can read and write with more clarity. Show Less
Just as painters carefully select brushstrokes and colors, writers meticulously choose words to convey emotions, create tone, and shape meaning. By understanding the impact of word choice, you can express yourself more clearly in both speech and writing. Show Less
Harness the power of critical thinking through the four elements of effective arguments: claim, reasons, evidence, and counterarguments. Learn to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of any argument and make your own case with solid reasoning and evidence. Show Less
By analyzing the people, events, and ideas that shape a narrative, you can uncover the underlying connections that make a story compelling. Discover how causes, effects, and influences work together, and enhance your own reading and writing skills.