Today’s Schedule • Silent Reading • Log # 6 • Notes on When To Start A New Paragraph • Group Activity PUT YOUR HOMEWORK ON THE CORNER OF YOUR DESK
Indenting: • Always indent the first sentence of your paragraph. • Put two fingers next to the margin (red line). • Start writing next to your second finger. Once upon a time, there was a bunny rabbit named Marco. Marco was a spotty bunny rabbit.
When you skip to a new time: • When you skip time, start a new paragraph. • Examples: • Later that day, • The next morning, • They waited and waited.
When you skip to a new place: • When the characters go to a new place, start a new paragraph. • Example: "Meanwhile, back at..."
When a new person begins to speak: • Every time you switch speakers, make a new paragraph. • However, if you put the "he said" phrase before the quote, or your character does some action before he speaks, make that part of the same paragraph as the quote.
When Action Serves As Part of the Dialogue: • People don't always reply with words. Sometimes they shrug or make a face or ignore the other speaker entirely. • When characters reply with actions, start a new paragraph as though they are speaking.
When you want to produce a dramatic effect: • Sometimes you simply want a paragraph to stand out, or you want to slow the reader down and control the pace of the story. • At times like this, you can make a brief sentence--or even a word--an entire paragraph. Just don't overdo it; this gets old fast.