I'm sure there are many boys and girls in 3rd Red who miss writing stories for Catherine's Writing Wall of Fame so Catherine's new writing competition will be very welcome news!
Here is a message from Catherine:
I hope you are all well and are not feeling too bored.
I’m feeling a bit bored and I would like to have something interesting to read, so I decided to have a story writing competition. There will be one winner from every class and there will be prizes when we get back to school.
When you have finished writing your story you should email it to me.
My email address is Catherine.firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you don’t have anything to type your story on, you can write it on a piece of paper, take a photograph of it and email the photo to me. Make sure your writing is very neat and the photo is clear, otherwise I won’t be able to read it.
You have to send me your stories by Thursday 2nd April. I will read them all and announce the winners on Friday 3rd April.
Please only send me one story each. I won’t have time to read more than that.
Before you write your story, please read the tips for writing stories at the bottom of the page. These are what I will be thinking about when I’m choosing the winners of the competition.
Here are the rules of the competition. Read them carefully.
Have fun! Use your imagination! I’m looking forward to reading your stories.
Remember –it’s really important that you write your name and your class at the top of your story.
3rd and 4th class.
Your story should be 300-400 words long. You can write about anything you like, but if you can’t think of an idea, start with this line:
I couldn’t believe what I was seeing.
Tips for Writing Stories.
1.If you are not typing, make sure your writing is neat, otherwise I won’t be able to read what you’ve written.
2. Always make a plan for your story before you start writing. Think of what happens in the beginning, the middle and the ending before you start.
3. In your story the main character should have some kind of problem they have to solve. For example, they could be lost, they could be on a boat that starts to sink, there could be a dragon scaring the people in the town where they live.
3. You should try to use interesting vocabulary. For example, shouted, whispered, squeaked, instead of said.
4. When you finish writing, go back and read through what you have written. Are there any mistakes? Can you fix anything, make it clearer or more interesting?
5.Don’t forget to write about what your characters are feeling and thinking. Why do they decide to do what they do in the story? How do they react to the things that happen to them?
6. Make your first few lines very interesting, so that I will want to continue reading.
7. Make sure you think of a good, interesting ending for your story.