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The Sum of
its Parts

writing a "memory snapshot" that evokes emotions or feelings


Student Writer Instructions:

Today your job is to write about a scene based on a personal memory in such a way that your reader FEELS what you felt.

When you read from Flipped, think about how the author made you feel the exhilaration and sense of freedom that Julianna felt when she was sitting in the Sycamore tree. As you are writing and revising, think hardest about your idea development and voice.

Step 1: First you need an emotion or a feeling. Think of a time when you felt an emotion or sensation very strongly. If you press the first button below, you can search for an emotion that you know you have felt. Once you have an emotion, fold your graphic organizer along the dotted line and answer the questions. At this point, you are only describing the emotion… not about the time that you felt it! Remember, the more thoughtful your responses on the graphic organizer, the easier your writing will be later!

Step 2: Next, you need to find a memory in your brain where you remember feeling the emotion/sensation you habe brainstormed for. If you have trouble thinking of a memory that you want to write about, try pressing the second button below and maybe a place you remembering feeling that emotion will pop up in your head. Then flip your graphic organizer to the other side, and describe the place. Again, remember that the more descriptive you are with your place, the easier your writing will be when you start composing!

Step 3: Open up your graphic organizer, and write about where you were when you felt that way. Create a written snapshot of a time when you felt that emotion.

Remember, it is the sum of the parts that will help your reader feel the way you were feeling.


Interactive Choices for Writing:

If you're struggling to start, click the buttons below for some ideas that might inspire you to launch your piece of writing.


Emotion & Feeeling Ideas:

(It's okay to come up with your own emotion here, if you're not inspired by any of ours!)

Did you Ever Feel that Emotion in this Type of Place?

(It's okay to come up with your own place ideas here, if you're not inspired by any of ours!)


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