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solving an original character's problem with voice and emotion


Student Writer Instructions:

In A Bad Case of Stripes, our main character has a problem that becomes emotional for her.  Camilla loves lima beans, and the other kids tease her about this.  Sadly, she chooses not to eat them anymore.  She wants so desperately to fit in that she sacrifices her own love of lima beans.  Because she won’t be true to herself or her friends, she becomes what people want her to instead of what she wants to.

Today you are going to be writing an original story about an ordinary person with an interesting problem, and you will tell it using interesting emotions

First, you will press the top button below to choose a funny title for your story. If the ideas below inspire an original title, then use your original title!

What story ideas come to your mind when you think of a story that might have the title you select? What character would "star" in your story? What problem would the character have? How would the problem be overcome?

Next, press the second button below to choose an emotion you would like to have your reader feel when they read your final copy of your story.

Have fun as you plan and write your story.


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.

(If your students come up with a funny-sounding title not listed here, send it to us at webmaster@writingfix.com.)

(It's okay to come up with your own emotion for this activity, if you can think of a better one.) 

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