World Lit: Author’s Stylebook: Pacing

Standard: ELAGSE9-10W3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.

Learning Target: I can analyze the narrative technique writers use to create a sense of pacing in a narrative and apply pacing to my own writing.

Opening Session: Grab the narrative you wrote yesterday- you’re going to use it again today! Take ten minutes to read over it and remember what you wrote 🙂

Work Session: Today we’re going to read a story called “Pick One” by David Matthews and consider the issue of pacing in writing. You know how some TV shows or movies are really fast-paced, and others seem to drag? It’s the same in writing. The series I’ve been reading during Independent Reading time, The Demon Cycle, is generally lauded for being really fast-paced and action packed. By contrast, another favorite book of mine, The Name of the Wind, is very slow-paced. I can read you example passages of each that demonstrate this 🙂 As we read our short story today, listen for shifts in the pacing and how the author achieved that.

After we read, go back to the narrative you wrote yesterday. How did you pace your writing? Fast, slow, or otherwise? Did you do it intentionally?

Consider what we’ve read today, then let’s do the Sentence Variety box on page 132, and then look to page 134, and use your own writing to find different types of sentences. You can work with your story to include a variety of sentence structures, which will make your writing stronger.

Closing Session: Share your sentences!

Assessment: Informal – book check, vocab quiz

Differentiation: Process (scaffolding), Product (varied lengths)

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