Writing That Rocks
Today's Snack: Most people think peanut butter "rocks." Spread some
on apple slices, and sprinkle Rice Krispies on top. Down with a glass of
chocolate milk. Yep! It rocks, all right!
A DVD with a favorite
Lined writing paper
and No. 2 pencil
Play a favorite rock music song.
Define what it is that makes a great rock song: great vocals? distinctive
drumbeat? a guitar solo? A unique story or emotion in the lyrics?
What are the elements that are
"musts" in a great rock song?
Do you have your list? Discuss it.
Who knew that you could make a list
of what makes a song "rock"?
But it's the same way with writing a
good sentence. There are certain "must-have's" to produce a sentence that
And here they are:
complete sentence has these five things:
with a capital letter.
ending punctuation (. ? !).
3. Has a
subject - the person, place, thing, quality or idea that the sentence is about.
4. Has a
verb - the action of the subject of the sentence.
write five sentences that "rock" about music. Make sure your five sentences all
have the five "musts."
you're done, play that great rock song again . . . and you may appreciate
what's great about it, just as you appreciate great writing that has all the
key elements in it.