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Using 90th Street's Advice

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Student Writer Instructions:

In Nothing Ever Happens on 90th Street, four characters give young Eva advice about make familiar things more interesting when writing about them.  By now, you should have thought about those four pieces of advice and found examples of them in Roni Schotter's picture book.

Now, you're going to create a descriptive paragraph that includes three nouns: a person, a place, and a thing.  The paragraph you create might be a jumping off place for a longer story, so write your paragraph well!  If you need ideas for your person, place, and thing, press the buttons below until you find a combination you think would work together in a story.

As you introduce us to your person, place, and thing in your writing, use as many of the pieces of advice Eva got in Nothing Ever Happens on 90th Street

When you're done writing, you will read your paragraph aloud to a friend, and he/she will try to spot where you used the four pieces of advice in your draft.  Can you use them all?


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

Keep clicking the three buttons until you find a person, place, and thing that you might put together in an interesting story.

If putting a descriptive adjective in front of any of your nouns helps, then do that!  A broken flashlight might be more interesting to you than just an ordinary flashlight, for example.

When you have your person, place, and thing selected, write them down somewhere safe so you can put them together in a paragraph later on.

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