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An Onomatopoetic
Field Trip

using sound effects to tell the
story of an imaginary field trip

Student Writer Instructions:

Onomatopoeia is a fun word...with a fun meaning  Pronounce it like this: Ah-no-mah-tuh-pee-yuh.  It means that a word was created by impersonating some sort of sound effect. 

In Rattletrap Car, onomatopoeia--alongside matching pictures--is used to help the readers develop a picture of a setting in their minds.  The book’s wonderfully funny illustrations suggest certain sounds that readers can picture--and almost hear--as they enjoy Phyllis Root's story.

Could you write a story that uses onomatopoeia as cleverly as she does?

For this writing challenge, you need to imagine that your class has earned a field trip to any place you choose to go.  You will create a story that shows a reader what exciting thing happens to you (and a few of your friends) while on this field trip. Your story must use both onomatopoetic words and great details.

First, select a field trip location.  You can do this by clicking the first button below, or you can let your imagination dream up a fun place that is original. Choose carefully!  Your story's location must allow for something VERY exciting to happen, and it must allow for onomatopoeia to happen there.

Clicking on the second button will give you some onomatopoetic words to choose from.  Write your favorite onomatopoetic words down somewhere safe.  Use them to help you tell about the most exciting moment of your field trip.


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.

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

(It's okay to come up with your own sound effect words for this activity, if you think of better ones.) 

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