January 24, 2012
After observing several close read lessons and talking with students at the junior high today, Carol offered this great teaching tip:
In order to get students to concisely summarize plot, ask them to state who, what, but…so in one sentence. For example, for the plot of The Egypt Game, a student would state who- April, what- wants to live with her mother, but her mother has sent her away, so she must adjust to this new life in this new place.
I thought it would be a great tip for aspiring authors as well, since we always hear about the importance of the pitch paragraph in our query letters. Try it with your students, or with the plot of your current manuscript.