Structure -- Strong As a Castle
Graham crackers and a container of prepared frosting can come together as a
mini "castle" you'll enjoy eating! Use the frosting as "mortar," and break the
graham crackers into fourths to use as blocks or bricks. Unlike other
buildings, you should destroy this on purpose - by breaking it apart and eating
it! A glass of cold milk will go well with your "castle" treat.
Gather building blocks
from homes, preschools,
garage sales, etc. and
build the biggest castle that you can
long would a building stand up if it didn't have any structure?
Without structure, you have nothing.
tree trunk is the structure that supports all the branches and leaves. The
human body would be a pile of goo without the structure provided by the bones
in our skeletons. Tall buildings have steel frames, welded together for
strength, in order to hold up the walls, floors, ceilings, furniture and, of
it comes to writing, the way that you organize your thoughts and bring them to
life as written words is called your "organization." It is your structure.
you start on a piece of writing, it helps to start from thin air. Literally
daydream the three main parts of any writing: beginning, middle and end.
Brainstorm what your paper will physically look like when you are done.
it be one paragraph? Or five?
it take up one whole page? Or 10?
you include a drawing, photo or chart, or will there just be text?
key questions do you need to answer?
is your audience, and what will your audience need to know?
it's a story, a book report, a poem, a research paper or a personal narrative,
once you have imagined how your writing assignment should end up, it's easier
to get it started, and stay on track 'til it's done.
a piece of writing is a lot like planning a building. You start with a plan . .
. finish the structure, or foundation, first . . . move on to the main points,
like towers and roofs . . . add details like windows, doors and turrets . . .
and when it's done, you can step back and see how it "came to life" out of your
imagination - something from nothing.
build a castle with toy blocks! If you're in a big group, divide up the tasks,
work together on a plan, set a goal, and then have fun "organizing" your
castle. Will it be as elaborate as this one?