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Writing: Ideas

Elaboration Strategies -- 100 Reasons to Dig a Hole

 

Today's Snack: Dig a hole in a single-serving container of chocolate pudding. Drop a whole grape in there, and cover it up. Now eat the pudding and count how many "bites" you take before you scoop up and eat the grape. Have a "whole" glass of milk, too.

 

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Supplies:

2 or 3 pieces of lined paper | Pencil

Optional: print out the 1 - 100 list on this Treat

 

 

If you'd like to put more interesting details in your writing, to make it more colorful and memorable, you have to learn to elaborate.

 

To "ee LAB or ate" is a big word for changing an idea to make it slightly different. You may add a word or two, or more, to make an idea bigger or smaller, fuller or more narrow, simpler or more complicated, plainer or more embellished, and therefore different, more specific and unique.

 

And usually, better. Elaboration in writing is a great way to enrich your writing and improve your reader's experience and enjoyment.

 

A writer must learn to put the obvious details in where needed. But it's always good to have something new, unexpected, enriched, humorous or eye-catching, too.

 

So let's practice with this wacky assignment:

 

List 100 reasons to dig a hole.

 

You can list the obvious, practical reasons. But the more creative and way-out an idea is, the better you'll like thinking it up! Hints:

 

  • You don't have to dig the hole in DIRT.

 

  • Who or what would have a reason to dig a hole?

 

  • What size(s) of a hole could be dug?

 

  • What purposes or needs might a hole have or fill?

 

  • What happens better in a hole than anywhere else?

 

  • What could you put or do in a hole that no one's ever thought of putting or doing in a hole before?

 

 

On a separate sheet of paper,

number from 1 to 100, skipping a line.

You may need two pieces of paper.

Use this to list your 100 reasons.

Here's a head start: your first 5 reasons!

Now write 95 more!

 

 


1. to make a tunnel to Disney World so

I can go whenever I want.

 

2. to bury my brother's TV so he'll help

me do chores.

 

3. to find dinosaur bones and fossils.

 

4. to put my annoying rooster in it.

 

5. to get worms for my brother's hair.

 

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