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Marko’s Writing Tools. Organization. Create a prewriting list of events in chronological order (the order in which events happened). Include a clear beginning in which you identify the characters, setting, and main idea of the story. Provide details of the story in the middle.

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Marko s writing tools

Marko’s Writing Tools


Organization

Organization

Create a prewriting list of events in chronological order (the order in which events happened).

Include a clear beginning in which you identify the characters, setting, and main idea of the story.

Provide details of the story in the middle.

Offer a conclusion to the narrative in the end.


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Hook

Get your reader’s attention through

Action

A word picture describing the setting

Dialogue

An interesting question or fact


Transitions

Transitions

Make sure your sentences flow together

(making “tasty” sentences).

For examples, visit www.MarkoThePencil.com


Colorful words

Colorful Words

Paint a picture by

Using the five senses: sight, sound, taste, touch, and smell (imagery)

Using a thesaurus to add vivid verbs and adjectives (Make sure you know what the words mean.)

Cutting out slang, foul language, abbreviations, and “R.I.P.” words (cuz, good, bad, w/ …)


Personification

Personification

A non-human thing is given

human qualities

.


Dialogue

Dialogue

Use dialogue to make your characters come alive.

Make sure that you start a new line for each new character speaking.

Use words other than said to help your reader hear the true voice of your character.


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Simile & Metaphor

Simile – a comparison (of two unlike things)

using like or as

.

Metaphor – comparison(of two unlike things) without using like or as

.


Onomatopoeia

Onomatopoeia

Use of a word indicating a sound


Alliteration

Alliteration

Repetition of a beginning sound


Lasting impression

Lasting Impression

Include an ending that leaves your reader

satisfied.

Reflect on what has happened to you.

Suggest something for the reader to think about or do.

End with a creative description.

Repeat your main point.

Give a “so what”. Why is this story/essay important?


Editing and proofing

Editing and Proofing

  • Read your paper for stylistic changes. Are the words and sentences varied?

  • Check your paper for formatting, spelling, punctuation, and grammar issues.

  • Do your pronouns have clear antecedents?

For a full checklist, visit www.MarkoThePencil.com


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