On the Edge of Your Seat: Suspenseful Writing


In this one-time class, young authors will learn a special writing technique to build suspense and put their readers on the edge of their seats! Teacher feedback is given during class and afterwards.

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What was that? Did you hear something? Oh, it’s probably nothing. Or is it?

Young authors will learn techniques to build suspense in their writing. Learners will develop reader questions and keep their readers turning the page of their story to find out how it ends! They will learn to use descriptive writing, thoughts, feelings, and actions to create tension before finally revealing something big.

Writers will either finish their segment in class or can have time after class to fine-tune their work. When finished, they can turn it in, and their teacher will give feedback on what works well and what can be improved.

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Explicit teaching is a method of instruction students desperately need! It is the opposite of a constructivist philosophy whereby students try to construct meaning themselves.


Instead of leaving students to magically figure out how to write an essay or read or do a geometry proof, we teach explicitly, which is backed by a large body of evidence, and it’s how Mrs. Lemons teaches her undergraduate and graduate teacher candidates in college to teach! We do it this way because it’s how kids learn.

Explicit instruction is “a structured, systematic, and effective methodology for teaching academic skills. It is called explicit because it is an unambiguous and direct approach to teaching that includes both instructional design and delivery procedures. Explicit instruction is characterized by a series of supports or scaffolds, whereby students are guided through the learning process with clear statements about the purpose and rationale for learning the new skill, clear explanations and demonstrations of the instructional target, and supported practice with feedback until independent mastery has been achieved.”
-Explicit Instruction: Effective and Efficient Teaching by Anita L. Archer and Charles A. Hughes.

Anita Archer trained Mrs. Lemons in workshops, and it changed her teaching. Read a little more about the research behind explicit teaching here and here.

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