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Purpose: Structure:

• to entertain • An opening including

and enthral setting and characters
• A problem or change
Story Writing • A series of events
• A complication
• Resulting events
• Resolution and ending

Language features:
• Written in 1st or 3rd person Writer’s Knowledge:
• Past tense • Rehearse orally before writing
• Chronological, but may contain flashbacks • Be clear about key events
• Distinctive characters • Use detail
• Time connectives • Try to see story in your head as you write
• Dialogue in different tenses • Bring characters alive by their speech,
• Powerful verbs for feelings and actions actions, responses, feelings
• Language used to create effect • Know your ending
• Dialogue to move the story forward • Use questions to draw reader into events
• Use a small number of characters
• Main character makes a comment at the end

Don’t say ‘said’!

Story connectives: • Meanwhile • Early that morning
Replied, bumbled, cried,
• One day • Eventually • That same night
screeched, laughed,
• Later that day • After a while • So whenever
whittered, whinged, bellowed,
• Soon afterwards • A week later • For a moment
whispered, exclaimed,
• Not long afterwards • At that very moment • Then
retorted, squeaked…..
• Next • Suddenly, without • Ah!
• That afternoon warning • By the time